A jury on Monday found Michael McCarthy guilty of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of a Massachusetts toddler, whose body washed up on a beach and prompted a months-long search for her identity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A jury on Monday found a Boston man guilty of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of a Massachusetts toddler, whose body washed up on a beach and prompted a months-long search for the identity of “Baby Doe.”
Michael McCarthy, 37, escaped conviction on the more serious charge of first-degree murder for allegedly punching 2-1/2-year-old Bella Bond to death in the apartment he shared with his former girlfriend, Rachelle Bond, and dumping her plastic-wrapped body in Massachusetts Bay.
Second-degree murder carriers a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years in Massachusetts.
A woman walking her dog discovered the child’s decomposing remains in a plastic bag on a beach in June 2015. Investigators trying to identify the child launched a billboard campaign featuring an artist’s depiction of what she might have looked like in life with the headline “Did you know me? Please … tell the police my name.”
McCarthy did not testify during his trial, but Bond took the stand for several days, saying that she saw her ex-boyfriend fatally punch the girl in the stomach one night as they were trying to put her to bed. Bond, 41, said that she never reported the killing out of fear that McCarthy would kill her.
Defense lawyer Jonathan Shapiro attacked Bond’s credibility in his closing arguments, saying she had killed the child and lied about it to shift blame to McCarthy, who he said did not…