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Thornton Heath couple's baby 'battered to death' in US

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THE parents of a British baby allegedly battered to death in the US by her nanny are said to be in "unimaginable pain".

Rehma Sabir suffered "devastating" head injuries while being looked after by Aisling McCarthy Brady, her 34-year-old Irish carer.

Rehma's parents, Sameer Sabir and Nada Siddiqui, who moved to the US from Thornton Heath, are said to be struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

Brady has been remanded in custody on a charge of violently assaulting Rehma at the family home in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr Sabir's parents, who live in Thornton Heath, were visiting the couple when Rehma reportedly suffered the injuries on her first birthday.

Police were called to the house by Brady, said to have been in sole care of the child, shortly before 5pm on January 14,

Rehma, who was unconscious but breathing, was taken to Boston Children's Hospital suffering from internal bleeding, multiple fractures and swelling on her brain.

Prosecutors believe she had suffered a violent assault which left her with injuries "consistent with the slamming of a child".

She died two days later in hospital as a result of brain damage.

Mr Sabir, 34, lived in Thornton Heath and worked as an investment banker before moving to Boston to study at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

His 29-year-old wife works as a chartered financial analyst for an asset management firm in Boston.

"The family of this child is going through unimaginable pain and suffering and their wellbeing remains a priority for us," said Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone.

"Very few can fully understand the sorrow and pain that they are enduring, and we all need to allow them the appropriate time and support they require to cope with this tragedy."

According to police reports, a dent in Rehma's bedroom wall suggested it had been "damaged by forceful contact with the corner of the changing table".

The prosecutor's report also found injuries, including fractures on Rehma's left arm and left leg, which appeared to be between two weeks to two months old.

Brady, originally from Lavey, near Cavan in County Cavan, was living in the US illegally and could face a murder charge.

Thornton Heath couple's baby 'battered to death' in US


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