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Nanny Charged of Murder in One-Year-Old’s Death

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Gruesome details, including blood-stained baby wipes, pillow, and blanket, are emerging in the death of one-year-old Rehma Sabir in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The girl’s nanny, Aisling McCarthy Brady, stands accused of murder, a charge to which she has pleaded not guilty while awaiting autopsy results.  The girl’s parents, Sameer Sabir and Nada Siddiqui, were part of a nanny share, but the other infant in Brady’s care was allegedly unharmed.  More from The Boston Globe:

According to the report, Brady arrived at the Cambridge home around 7:50 a.m. and awoke Rehma Sabir at 8:15 a.m., describing her to State Police as “cranky as usual.”

“By Ms. Brady’s own account, Rehma continued to play, eat, track her with her eyes and appear otherwise happy and normal at least until the 1:30 p.m. feeding,’’ prosecutors wrote. “Based on this reported history, the fatal injuries were inflicted sometime during or after this feeding and prior to finding Rehma seizing in her crib at 4:30 p.m.’’

In her interview with State Police, Brady said Rehma had napped from about 10:20 a.m. until about 1 p.m. At that time, Brady put the toddler in her high chair to feed her lunch. The nanny described the toddler as a “fussy eater who sometimes held food in her mouth for up to an hour.’’

The nanny told investigators that the child had two or three spoonfuls of potatoes and eggs, along with a bottle. Brady briefly stepped out of the room, and when she returned, she found the infant “slouched’’ in her chair with her eyes half-open, Brady said.

Brady told police she put the infant back into her crib to resume napping, leaving her there until around 4:15 p.m. when she became concerned with the duration of the nap and tried to waken the child.

Brady noticed that Rehma was clenching her fist and her arms and legs were stiff. She picked Rehma up and she appeared limp,’’ State Police wrote. “Brady got a wet cloth and placed it on Rehma’s head.’’

Brady contacted the child’s father, who told her to call 911. At about the same time, the child’s mother returned home.

According to prosecutors, Brady was the only adult present with Rehma Sabir after 1 p.m., which is when they allege the fatal blows were delivered.

When State Police examined the couple’s apartment Jan. 17, they found the blood-stained materials. They also found damage to the drywall.

In November, a Manhattan nanny was indicted for the murder of two children in her care.

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