Infant injuries consistent with abuse, Aisling Brady McCarthy hearing told

A court officer in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, MA escorts Aisling Brady McCarthy during a pre-trial hearing (Courtesy of The Irish Times via Wendy Maeda:The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A court officer in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, MA escorts Aisling Brady McCarthy during a pre-trial hearing (Courtesy of The Irish Times via Wendy Maeda:The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Bill Marcus
THE IRISH TIMES
(WOBURN, MA) MARCH 18 – An opthalmologist under consideration as an expert witness for the upcoming Massachusetts murder trial of Aisling Brady McCarthy has said haemorrhages to the eyes of an infant who died while in Ms McCarthy’s care were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“The only diagnosis that I can come up with: child abuse in this case,” said Dr Alex D Levin, a paediatric opthalmologist with a speciality in child abuse paediatrics who testified in a voir dire hearing in Middlesex County superior court.

Ms McCarthy, from Co Cavan, who has been in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial since her arrest in January 2013, looked on during the hearing, occasionally speaking to her attorney. She was dressed in black prison scrubs.

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NORTHERN SOUND RADIO – MARCH 19

AN OPTHAMOLOGIST TESTIFYING WEDNESDAY IN MASSACHUSETTS AT A PRE-TRIAL HEARING OF ACCUSED CHILD MURDERER AISLING BRADY MCCARTHY OF CO CAVEN SAYS HEMORRHAGES TO THE BABY’S EYES WERE CONSISTENT WITH SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME. BILL MARCUS REPORTING FROM BOSTON FOR NORTH SOUND NEWS SAYS DR. ALEX LEVIN IS ONE OF TWO EXPERT WITNESSES WHO HAVE BEEN RECRUITED BY THE PROSECUTION IN THIS CASE.

MCCARTHY HAS BEEN IN AN AMERICAN JAIL SINCE HER ARREST IN JANUARY OF 2013.  FOLLOWING HER ARREST IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS DISCOVERED SHE HAD BEEN IN THE U-S ILLEGALLY. MCCARTHY ENTERED AMERICA IN 2002, BUT OVERSTAYED HER 90 TOURIST VISA.