Murder charges have been dismissed against a Boston nanny from Ireland.
Aisling Brady McCarthy had been in custody for two years after a one-year-old girl in her care died from brain injuries.
The case echoes a notorious prosecution of another Boston nanny from the British Isles, Louise Woodward, in 1997.
The case against McCarthy collapsed when the medical examiner that had initially said the child died of “blunt force head injuries” withdrew that opinion. The medical examiner now considers the cause of death “undetermined.”
The medical examiner’s review of the case was prompted by opinions of medical experts engaged by McCarthy’s defense attorneys.
McCarthy’s case is just the latest in a series across the developed world that have questioned the medical theory known as “shaken baby syndrome” or “abusive head trauma.” The theory posits that a particular cluster of infant brain injuries can come only from violent shaking or other grievous assault. This theory, and the prosecutions based on it, are increasingly controversial.
Such prosecutions still go on here in the Seattle area and throughout Washington State. It is my firm’s privilege to defend some of the persons accused in these cases and to work with the courageous physicians willing to testify against the medical establishment.