After Baby Doe's Murder, a Heroin Binge: Prosecutor

Couple allegedly high, perhaps for days, after Bella's death
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2015 6:02 AM CDT
After Baby Doe's Murder, a Heroin Binge: Prosecutor
Michael Patrick McCarthy is arraigned on murder charges in the death of Bella Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Boston.   (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Locking Bella Bond in a closet as she screamed had, predictably, done little to calm the 2-year-old in the past. So when she refused to go to sleep one day in late May, Michael McCarthy told Rachelle Bond, his girlfriend and Bella's mom, that he'd quiet her, per the Boston Globe and BBC. Bond next found Bella lifeless, her face swollen and gray, with McCarthy standing over her, assistant DA David Deakin told a court yesterday. "She was a demon and it was her time to die," McCarthy told Bond, then threatened to kill her if she went to police, Deakin said. After putting Bella's body in the fridge for up to a month, per NBC News, McCarthy dumped it at South Boston's waterfront, Deakin said, adding the pair then went on a days-long heroin binge. The graphic claims led to outbursts in court. After the girl’s godmother stormed out, yelling "I hope you rot in hell," Bella's father followed, saying, "Michael McCarthy, you're done."

Deakin also told the court that a man who had stayed with the couple was the first to approach police. Bond reportedly told Michael Sprinsky that she'd stopped using drugs, which Sprinsky said would help her regain custody of Bella, whom he thought was with the Department of Children and Families. Sprinsky said Bond then broke down and told him about the murder. When Sprinsky's sister told him about the Baby Doe case, Sprinsky texted McCarthy: "Baby Doe ring a bell?" McCarthy denied Bella was dead, Deakin said. During his arrest, he "continued to maintain that Bella was in DCF custody and that's all he knew," Deakin added. McCarthy's lawyer argues Bond is simply blaming the murder on McCarthy, a recovering drug addict. "He is shocked and saddened by the death of Bella Bond, but he did not kill her." McCarthy has been charged with murder and Bond has been charged as an accessory to murder after the fact. Both have pleaded not guilty. (More Bella Bond stories.)

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