Weekend Reads: Boston Nanny’s case ‘full of holes’

Reposted from Boston Herald
One-year-old Rehma Sabir was not the only infant Aisling McCarthy Brady was caring for on that fateful Monday, when police allege the 34-year-old nanny unleashed a violent assault equal to “a high impact motor vehicle collision” upon the little girl.
Brady also took charge that day of a 7-month-old boy, whose mother had dropped him off at the Sabir apartment in Cambridge, as part of a nanny sharing arrangement. The woman picked her son up that afternoon, before the 911 calls were made and Rehma was rushed to Children’s Hospital, where she would die two days later. Yet the next morning, as Brady joined Rehma’s parents in their vigil, she received a text from the mother of that little boy entrusted to her care.
The woman told Brady how sorry she was to learn of what happened, and that she was keeping everyone in her thoughts and prayers. She also asked Brady if she might be free to care for her son that afternoon. This is just one of anomalies that keep Melinda Thompson up at night.
The lawyer who stood up for Brady at her arraignment said yesterday, “I have gone through the police report line by line, over and over and over again. I can’t sleep, thinking about this. Things just don’t add up.
“This is a horribly sad case for everyone, the family as well as my client. She is devastated, totally devastated. (But) based upon my reading and what I’ve come to know about the timeline of events,” Thompson added, “I believe Aisling Brady never harmed that child.”
The path that led Thompson to stand beside the Irish illegal began in the same Middlesex District Attorney’s Office where she served as a homicide prosecutor for more than 10 years. And the way she is going about deconstructing this case is not much different than how she did it as a prosecutor.
Two days before Brady is alleged to have gone wild on little Rehma, she and her husband were invited to join the tot’s family at her first birthday party. In the timeline police have pieced together, Brady calmly logged on to Facebook and did laundry at the Sabir home in or around the time she is alleged to have assaulted the child.
The child’s maternal grandmother was in the apartment during this time and joined Brady in attempting to wake Rehma. Asked about the wipes and bedding stained with traces of dried blood found several days after the child was taken to the hospital, Thompson said there was nothing in any report to indicate the child was bleeding when she was rushed to the hospital.
Preliminary autopsy results indicated Rehma had bone fractures that were anywhere between 2 weeks and 2 months old. Yet for most of that time, the child was out of the country traveling with her parents and without Brady. In court on Tuesday, prosecutors said the assault and battery charge on Brady would soon be upped to murder, pending more autopsy tests.
“We’ve got a long way to go in this case,” Thompson said, “and I would just hope that people keep that in mind.”