Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder In Toddler Case

Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder In Toddler Case

Michael McCarthy was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Bella Bond, the 2-year-old who became known as "Baby Doe" after her unidentified body was found in a plastic bag near the Boston shoreline in 2015, according to multiple reports.

Suffolk County DA Dan Conley addressed the media after the verdict in the Bella Bond murder trial.

Michael McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of the girl who was later identified as Bella Bond.

McCarthy's defense attorneys said the charge was largely based on the word of Rachelle Bond, a "scheming, manipulative woman" who lied about her daughter's death to cover up her own responsibility.

Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the first degree, guilty of murder in the second degree or guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Defendant Michael P. McCarthy looks at his attorney Jonathan Shapiro after a guilty of second degree murder against him at Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Her mother Rachelle Bond, and the mother's boyfriend Michael McCarthy, who does not have a biological connection to Bella, have been arrested in connection with Bella's death. McCarthy dated Bella's mother. Her mother testified at his trial that McCarthy threatened to kill her if she tried to help her little girl. She said McCarthy hit her on the head, and when she regained consciousness, she did not recognize where she was, and McCarthy and the bag were not in the vehicle with her. McCarthy later returned to the auto, she said.




A jury Monday convicted Michael McCarthy of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond.

"Innocent people don't dump bodies", Deakin said. His sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday. He said that she killed the child and called her statements during five days of testimony, "a web of lies".

He hit the child so hard that she bounced off the mattress, Bond said.

Rachelle Bond is expected to be released from prison after McCarthy's trial in part to her plea deal with prosecutors.

Before Bond took the stand June 2, the judge cautioned the jury that because of the plea agreement, "you should examine the witness' credibility with particular care, and decide whether this witness' testimony is affected by her interest in the outcome of this case".

Rachelle Bond pleaded guilty as an accessory, helping McCarthy dispose of the body and was silent about the crime, claiming she was afraid of McCarthy. He called the prosecution's motive "absurd" and said McCarthy loved the girl. "Michael McCarthy was responsible for her death and the jury spoke".

"The government does not know whether the witness is telling the truth", the judge said.

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