Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Michael McCarthy has been convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of two-year-old Bella Bond.

A MA man convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on a Boston Harbor island will be sentenced Wednesday. Under a second-degree murder conviction, a person is eligible for parole after serving 15 years in prison. A jury convicted him Monday.

Prosecutors stood by Bond's testimony, saying that McCarthy killed the girl and dumped her body in a canal leading to Massachusetts Bay. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to determine her identity.

After Bella's body washed ashore on Deer Island in Winthrop in June 2015, she was only known as "Baby Doe" until three months later, when a tip led to the arrests McCarthy and Bond.

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for just over 23 hours over five days.

Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, pleaded guilty in February to helping dispose of her daughter's body.

A MA man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island.

But the mood turned fractious as the crowd discussed the ongoing trial of Michael McCarthy, 37, for Bella's death. Assistant District Attorney David Deakin noted that one of McCarthy's best friends had testified that he warned Bond to be wary of her boyfriend. Bond, 41, said that she never reported the killing out of fear that McCarthy would kill her.

Shapiro recounted a story in which McCarthy had told the girl that she did not need to fear the monsters in her imagination, adding, "in the end, the monster came for that little girl and it was her mother".

Prosecutors say a verdict has been reached in the trial of a man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl known as Baby Doe after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island.

McCarthy was facing a first-degree murder charge in Bella's death. A friend testified that McCarthy would lock the girl in a closet to discipline her.

The defense also said prosecutors "made a deal with the devil" in offering Bond time-served in exchange for her testimony against McCarthy.

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