2015, May or June, a tragic incident happened leaving people with tears in their eyes.
The baby girl, Bella Bond, known as Baby Doe for months as authorities struggled to identify her. Using photos of her remains, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a composite image of what the girl might have looked like when she was alive. The widely shared image showed a chubby-cheeked, brown-eyed girl.
The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, pleaded guilty to helping dispose of her daughter’s body. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Bond has agreed to testify against McCarthy.
Prosecutors allege that McCarthy killed Bella Bond in May or June of 2015 and stored her body in a refrigerator in the Boston apartment he shared with Rachelle Bond. She pleaded guilty to helping McCarthy dispose of Bella’s body, which was found in June 2015 inside a trash bag on Deer Island in Winthrop by a woman who was walking a dog.
McCarthy, who was Bond’s boyfriend, denied killing or even having any part in the death of the girl. His lawyer has said Rachelle Bond told McCarthy her daughter was taken away by officials from the state Department of Children and Families.
Prosecutors said Rachelle Bond told a friend that McCarthy became angry that Bella did not want to go to sleep one night and punched her in the abdomen over and over again until she died.
Bond told police that when she saw her daughter’s body, McCarthy said, “She was a demon anyway. It was her time to die. ”
But now, Michael McCarthy has pleaded not guilty to killing Bella Bond also known as the Baby Doe, the 2-year-old girl.
Judge Janet Sanders said she hopes to spend no more than a week on jury selection. Monday’s session saw 90 prospective jurors appear in court. Three people were picked for the jury, with selection to continue Tuesday.