Emotions ran high during Monday’s testimony in the murder trial for the alleged killer of Bella Bond, the Massachusetts 2-year-old who became known as “Baby Doe” after her unidentified body was found in a plastic bag near the Boston shoreline in 2015.
Shortly after Bella’s body was identified, Michael McCarthy — the 37-year-old boyfriend of the little girl’s mother — was charged and is now on trial for first-degree murder.
On Monday, the girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, testified against her ex-boyfriend. She wept on the stand as she acknowledged that she “made a mistake” in not alerting authorities about her daughter’s killing, according to multiple reports.
Bond testified last week that she saw McCarthy go into Bella’s room and allegedly punch her in the stomach because she didn’t want to go to bed. When the girl stopped screaming, Bond testified that she saw that the girl’s head appeared to be swollen and her face was gray.
Bond told the jury that she confronted McCarthy. “What the f— did you do?” she says she asked.
But still, Bond says, she didn’t contact police. She testified that McCarthy had allegedly threatened to kill her — a threat she claims that she believed because he had killed Bella.
After Bella was killed, Rachelle Bond said that McCarthy put her body into a duffel bag with weights and threw it into Boston Harbor. She admitted to helping him do this.
Demon Possession and Murder
Prosecutors allege that Bella was killed in May 2015 after enduring prolonged abuse, a claim made by Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Assistant District Attorney David Deakin during the couple’s 2015 arraignment.
Prosecutors allege McCarthy killed Bella because he believed her to be possessed by demons.
“She was a demon anyway, it was her time to die,” he allegedly told Bond when she discovered her daughter was dead.
During opening statements, Jonathan Shapiro, McCarthy’s defense attorney, said it was Bella’s mother who believed children could be possessed by demons — not McCarthy.
Shapiro added, “When the little girl had nightmares about scary monsters, he taught her to battle them with love … and blow the heads off the monsters with love.”
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During his opening statement, Deakin, the prosecutor, said McCarthy showed no remorse for his alleged crime while being interviewed by authorities after his arrest.
“Listen for the sign of any concern for the child he lived with for several months,’’ Deakin said. “He knew the truth was he killed Bella Bond and then dumped her body.”
Bella elicited nationwide sympathy when a composite sketch of her was shared by millions on social media before she was identified.
According to Deakin, after Bond and McCarthy dumped Bella’s body, the pair proceeded to become “intoxicated for several days after.”