Wednesday 23 August 2017

Mum's boyfriend convicted of murder in 'Baby Doe' case that shocked the world

'Baby Doe' - computer generated image of young girl found dead in park
'Baby Doe' - computer generated image of young girl found dead in park
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A man has been convicted of murder in the death of a two-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of Boston.

Michael McCarthy was charged for the murder of his girlfriend's daughter, Bella Bond, in 2015.

Massachusetts police release computer-generated image of young girl and a picture of the blanket and leggings found in the bag
Massachusetts police release computer-generated image of young girl and a picture of the blanket and leggings found in the bag

A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to determine her identity.

The widely shared image showed a young brown-eyed girl.

The toddler's body was found inside a bin bag on Deer Island in Boston in June 2015 by a woman walking a dog.

According to the Associated Press, Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, and McCarthy were arrested in September 2015 after Bond told a friend McCarthy had killed her daughter.

Bond was found guilty of being an accessory to murder after helping to bury her child's body.

However, according to the Associated Press, Bond is expected to be released after McCarthy’s trial, having served less than two years in jail.

The court heard that both Bond and McCarthy were heroin addicts.

Bond testified that on the night Bella died, she walked into the girl’s bedroom and saw McCarthy leaning over her and punching her. She said she saw McCarthy punch her in the abdomen so hard she bounced off the mattress.

“He said it was her time to die, she was a demon,” Bond said.

Under a second-degree murder conviction, McCarthy is facing parole after serving 15 years in prison.

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