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(BOSTON) — The mother of the young girl found dead inside a trash bag in Massachusetts earlier this summer and her boyfriend are expected to appear at an arraignment Monday in connection with the child’s death.

The girl found dead on Deer Island in June and nicknamed “Baby Doe” by authorities was a girl named Bella Bond, authorities said. Her case captivated the country, and computer composites used in an attempt to identify her were viewed by millions.

A man named Michael McCarthy, 35, was arrested and charged with Bella’s murder, authorities said Friday. The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, was charged as an accessory after the fact, authorities said.

McCarthy allegedly caused Bella’s death intentionally and he and Bond are also accused of keeping her death a secret to avoid prosecution, authorities said.

McCarthy is Bond’s boyfriend, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. McCarthy’s relationship to Bella is not clear, authorities said. The identity of Bella’s father was not released and he was not accused of wrongdoing.

Bella Bond was about 2 1/2 years old when she died, authorities said. She lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a Boston neighborhood about 14 miles from Deer Island where her body was found.

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