A Massachusetts man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the killing of 2-year-old Bella Bond, who was nicknamed “Baby Doe” after her unidentified body washed up on a Boston area beach.
The defendant, Michael McCarthy, was dating the victim’s mother, Rachelle Bond, at the time of the girl’s death. Her body was found in June 2015.
McCarthy faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years, the Boston Globe reported.
The Associated Press reported that McCarthy’s lawyer told jurors that Bond is a “monster” who killed her own daughter. McCarthy’s lawyer said in closing arguments that Bond created a “web of lies” and placed the blame on McCarthy, according to the AP.
McCarthy’s recorded interview with police was played in court, in which he denies killing Bella and says Bond put the blame on him.
Bond testified that on the night Bella died, McCarthy went to the 2-year-old’s room to tell Bella to lay down. Five minutes later she returned to the room, where she witnessed McCarthy punching Bella in the stomach, she continued.
“I saw her bounce off the bed” and then fall back down, Bond told the jury.
She said Bella’s “head was swollen and gray” and she tried to do CPR.
She testified that she picked Bella up to leave but McCarthy grabbed her by the throat with both hands and said he’d kill her.
Bond told the court she blacked out. When she woke up, she was on the couch in the living room.
She testified that she told McCarthy he had killed Bella. McCarthy replied, “It was her time to die, she was a demon,” Bond said.
That night McCarthy injected Bond with heroin in her neck, and later brought her to his car, she said on the stand. She said a green duffel bag was in the backseat and she thought Bella was in the bag. She said McCarthy hit her…