Sunday, September 7, 2014

Aisling Brady McCarthy: Massachussets; Irish Nanny's lawyers seek to exclude or limit evidence of doctor who says infant died as a result of abusive head injuries Decision reserved. Trial set to begin October 14, 2014.

COUNTDOWN: 25 days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

STORY: "Child in Irish nanny trial died from abusive head injuries,"  published by the Irish Times on September 5, 2104.

SUB-HEADING: Cavan woman Aisling Brady McCarthy is accused of fatally assaulting the infant."

PHOTO CAPTION:  "Aisling Brady McCarthy: charged with murder in the death of a one-year-old Massachusetts girl."

GIST:  Rehma Sabir (1) who prosecutors claim was murdered by Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, died as a result of abusive head injuries suffered on the same day she was brought to a Boston hospital, a child abuse medical specialist has told a US court.........The nanny’s lawyers asked the Middlesex Superior Court to exclude or limit evidence from Dr Newton, a witness for the prosecution, at trial. They argued she failed to take into account a detailed medical history from Rehma’s paediatrician and other medicals specialists, and she did not meaningfully consider any alternative diagnoses.........The nanny’s lawyers argue that Rehma had suffered from health problems, including eating and bruising disorders and ear infections, and that vertebral fractures discovered on the child after her death were found by another specialist to be five weeks old dating back to when she was travelling with her mother in Pakistan. Cross-examined by the nanny’s lawyer Melinda Thompson, Dr Newton said the existence of old fractures in Rehma’s wrist, ankle and vertebrae dating weeks before her death did not change her view that she died from brain injuries suffered on the day she was hospitalised. Asked why she didn’t take notes at the hospital that night, she said that it was because things happened “so quickly and intensely.” The doctor told the court that it was common while investigating suspected child abuse cases to rely on the accounts of the child’s care-giver when it came to finding out the victim’s medical history. Judge Hogan will rule at a later date on whether to exclude or limit Dr Newton’s evidence. The case is due to go to trial on October 14th."

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