Irish nanny could face huge compensation bill after being found 'civilly liable' for baby's death

The 37-year-old Cavan native returned from Boston last year, after murder charges against her were dropped

Irish nanny could face huge compensation bill after being found 'civilly liable' for baby's death

Aisling Brady-McCarthy (left) listens to her attorney prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in 2015 | Image: Charles Krupa / AP/Press Association Images

An Irish nanny who was cleared of murdering a baby girl in the US is facing a huge compensation bill, after being found civilly liable for her death.

Aisling Brady McCarthy was originally accused of killing baby Rehma Sabir in 2013, before all charges were dropped last year due to a lack of evidence.

The medical examiner in the case changed its ruling to an undetermined cause of death, rather than homicide.

Rehma's parents launched a wrongful death civil suit this year, which Ms Brady McCarthy failed to respond to.

A judge has now entered a default judgment against her and a date will be set to determine damages - which experts say could run into the millions.

According to the Boston Globe, the ruling was issued after Ms Brady McCarthy "failed, within the maximum 20 days allowed by the courts, to 'file an appearance, answer,' or issue any other 'responsive pleading'".

The baby's mother and father say they took the lawsuit to ensure that the nanny does not profit financially from their daughter's death.

Before the charges against her were dropped, Ms Brady McCarthy had spent almost two-and-a-half years in prison awaiting trial for the murder of one-year-old Rehma Sabir.

The child was found unresponsive at her Massachusetts home in January 2013, while in the care of Ms Brady McCarthy.

Ms Brady McCarthy, a Cavan native, returned to Ireland from Boston last year.