Cambridge, MA. (CNN) – A nanny in Massachusetts is accused of beating or shaking a baby under her care. The baby later died.
Aisling McCarthy Brady was arraigned Tuesday.
She pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on a child, causing major bodily harm, and ordered held on half-a-million-dollars bond.
Prosecutors expect she’ll be charged with homicide once the autopsy is complete.
Christina Hager reports.
She ducked the cameras at every chance, turning away in the police cruiser that brought her into the courthouse, and hiding behind a white wall with her attorney out front for the arraignment.
34-year-old Aisling McCarthy Brady put her picture on the internet, advertising with an agency called sitter city. Now she faces charges she allegedly assaulted a baby girl she took care of in an apartment in this Cambridge building.
“She found her at 430 that afternoon seizing in her crib.”
Prosecutors say it was after Brady spent January 14th alone with the baby, the child ended up at children’s hospital where she died on her first birthday.
“The diagnosis for the injuries is abusive head trauma that would be consistent with a very violent shaking of a child.”
“It’s a horrible situation for everybody, including the family. Horrible.”
Her attorney insisting she’s innocent, and has a clean record. But we’re finding out she did have a run of problems:
In 2007, Brady was charged with assault, a case a judge later threw out because the victim refused to testify.
In 2012, she was served with a harassment prevention order.
And this year, January 12th, police came four times responding to loud music complaints.
Those calls came from neighbor Tom Collins.
“I wouldn’t leave her watching my dog for an hour. (reporter – Why do you say that?) She’s angry, she was an angry, angry person, she would go off the hinges from like zero to 60 in like two seconds. (reporter – About what?) Just about anything.”
An immigration official says Brady is an Irish national in the United States illegally.
Federal authorities say they plan to deport her once charges are settled.