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Irish nanny charged in Mass. baby's death seeks release on bail while awaiting trial

  • Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of a 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass., girl Rehma Sabir, enters the courtroom before a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of a 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass., girl Rehma Sabir, enters the courtroom before a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

  • David Meier, defense attorney for Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass.,girl Rehma Sabir,looks toward the prosecution as he returns from the bench after submitting papers to Judge S. Jane Haggerty during a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    David Meier, defense attorney for Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass.,girl Rehma Sabir,looks toward the prosecution as he returns from the bench after submitting papers to Judge S. Jane Haggerty during a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

  • David Meier, right, defense attorney for Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of a 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass., girl, listens as Judge S. Jane Haggerty, left, asks for clarification during a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    David Meier, right, defense attorney for Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of a 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass., girl, listens as Judge S. Jane Haggerty, left, asks for clarification during a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

An Irish nanny accused of killing a baby in her care in Massachusetts has asked a judge to grant bail so she can be released from jail while awaiting trial.

Lawyers for Aisling (ASH'-ling) Brady McCarthy argued Tuesday prosecutors have failed to turn over critical evidence they need to defend her against murder charges in the death of Rehma Sabir (REM'-uh suh-BEHR'), of Cambridge.

They also say the case against McCarthy is weaker than prosecutors claimed after she was arrested. They cite notes of police interviews in which they say the baby's mother appears to have said "no issues with nanny" when questioned the night the baby was hospitalized with severe head injuries on her first birthday in January. The baby died two days later.

Prosecutors say McCarthy "violently" injured the baby.

The judge hasn't ruled.