August 18, 2018

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

26 June 2017, 08:14 | Marion Schneider

A MA man has been convicted of second-degree murder Monday in the 2015 death of 2-year-old "Baby Doe", after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island, sparking a month-long investigation to identify her.

Prosecutors had charged McCarthy with first-degree murder, but the judge said jurors could also consider two lesser charges - second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. During closing statements, prosecutors said that the path that led to the courtroom was the devastating world of heroin addiction that had plagued the lives of McCarthy, Rachelle Bond, and those around them.

McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, his girlfriend's daughter.

With a guilty finding, Michael McCarthy faces a penalty of life in prison with parole possible after 15 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.

The disturbing saga began two years ago when an unidentified toddler's partially decomposed body was found in a trash bag off the shoreline of Deer Island in Boston.

Bella Bond's godmother told reporters outside court how she felt after the verdict was reached.

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The jury had been deliberating since June 20.

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".

During his closing argument, Shapiro brought out a selfie Rachelle Bond took on September 15, 2015, the day she told Sprinsky her daughter was dead.

The verdict is expected to be announced in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday. Bond pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact for helping McCarthy dispose of Bella's body.

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Deakin asked the jury to look past Bond's faults and focus on the evidence that tied McCarthy to the crime. He had allegedly been obsessed with the occult for years.

Bella Bond was known for months as "Baby Doe" as investigators struggled to identify her.

. She said she saw McCarthy punch her in the abdomen so hard she bounced off the mattress.

"Rachelle Bond's testimony was clearly valuable and credible because it was corroborated by forensic evidence that she did not know we would obtain", Conley said, citing cell phone records that corroborated her testimony about the couple's whereabouts in the days following her death.

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