Justice for 'Baby Doe': Mom's Boyfriend Guilty
A computer-generated image of Bella Bond was shared by millions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 26, 2017 11:53 AM CDT
In this May 22, 2017, file photo, Michael McCarthy watches as jury selection begins for his murder trial in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.   (Pat Greenhouse)
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(Newser) – A man was convicted Monday 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, per the AP. Michael McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, his girlfriend's daughter. 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. Her body was found inside a trash bag on Deer Island in Winthrop., Mass., in June 2015 by a woman walking a dog. Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, and McCarthy were arrested in September 2015 after Bond told a friend McCarthy had killed her daughter.

Bond pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact for helping McCarthy dispose of the girl's body. She took a plea deal and is expected to be released after McCarthy's trial, serving less than two years in jail. The trial included testimony about the girl's short and tragic life. Both Bond and McCarthy were heroin addicts who a friend testified had been obsessed with the occult for years. Bond testified that on the night Bella died, she walked into the girl's bedroom and saw McCarthy leaning over her and punching her so hard she bounced off the mattress. "He said it was her time to die, she was a demon," Bond said. The AP notes that under a second-degree murder conviction, a person is eligible for parole after serving 15 years in prison.

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