Five months after the murder charges were dropped against Aisling Brady McCarthy the parents of the child who died while in her care are reportedly suing the Lavey nanny.
Sameer Sabir has filed a lawsuit filed in Middlesex County Superior Court, maintaining that Ms Brady McCarthy is responsible for the death of his one year old daughter Rehma Sabir due to the nanny's “negligent, malicious, willful, wonton, reckless and/or grossly negligent acts.”
One of McCarthy’s attorneys in the criminal case, Melinda Thompson, branded the latest development as “shocking and disturbing”.
In a wrongful death case in Superior Court the minimum amount that must be sought by plaintiffs in order to file the lawsuit is $25,000 in damages.
“To sue someone for money, for someone who is literally trying to get back on her feet, it’s shocking,” said Thompson.
However, in an brief interview with the Boston Globe, the baby's mother, Nada Siddiqui, insisted that this development was not motivated by money.
“Sameer and I want to emphasize that our purpose in filing this suit is to prevent Aisling McCarthy from profiting from our daughter’s death,” said the child’s mother, Siddiqui, in a brief telephone interview. “We lost our beautiful little girl in very difficult circumstances, and feel compelled to bring this suit to protect her memory.
Ms Brady McCarthy spent almost two and a half years in custody awaiting the murder trial before a review of the medical evidence pursuaded the district attorney for Middlesex in Massachusetts to file a nolle prosequi.
It is understood that Aisling McCarthy, who has remained out of the media glare since her return home is considering her own legal action against Dr. Alice Newton, the former head of child protection at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as prosecutors in the case on the grounds that they withheld crucial evidence which would have cleared her earlier.