The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Michael McCarthy, who is accused of killing Bella Bond, the 2-year-old girl who was known as “Baby Doe” for months after her body was found on the shore of Boston’s Deer Island in June 2015.
According to The Boston Globe, jurors could announce one of four verdicts: not guilty or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or involuntary manslaughter.
McCarthy was the boyfriend of Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond. Bond testified against McCarthy in the trial and said he killed her daughter in June 2015 by punching her in the stomach. She said McCarthy then put Bella’s body in a plastic bag and dumped it in the water. McCarthy’s lawyers have argued Bond is the one who killed the girl. They said Bond then told McCarthy the state Department of Children and Families had taken Bella.
Bond pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact of murder and larceny over $250 by false pretenses for continuing to collect state benefits for Bella after her death. In exchange for her promise to testify, according to the Globe, Bond, who has been incarcerated since her arrest in September 2015, will be credited with time served and placed on two years probation after McCarthy’s trial.
The search for Bella’s identity garnered national attention in the summer of 2015 as a composite image of her was shared by millions of people on social media.