Melinda Thompson was honored as a 2015 Irish Hero of New England by the Irish Emigrant publication for her successful defense of Aisling Brady McCarthy, the Irish Nanny wrongly accused of murder.
Thompson and other honorees were feted at a festive event held at Boston City Hall.
Ms. Thompson was honored for her work on behalf of Ms. McCarthy, the Irish nanny accused of murder in the death of 1-year-old Rehma Sabir. Ms. Thompson successfully persuaded the Massachusetts Office of the State Medical Examiner to take the highly unusual move of changing its findings on the cause of death of the child in Ms. McCarthy's care.
The medical examiner changed the cause of death from homicide by shaken baby syndrome to "undetermined," prompting the Middlesex District Attorney's office on Aug. 31, 2015, to dismiss the murder charge against Ms. McCarthy, allowing her to return to her native Ireland.