(BOSTON) — Prosecutors revealed new details Monday in the death of the girl nicknamed “Baby Doe” as her mother and her mother’s boyfriend appeared in a Massachusetts courtroom in connection with her death.
The girl found dead on Deer Island in June was a girl named Bella Bond in a case that captivated the country. Computer composites used in an attempt to identify her were viewed by millions.
Michael McCarthy, 35, who has been charged with Bella’s murder, went to the little girl’s bedroom one night to console her, prosecutors said in court Monday.
The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, didn’t hear a sound for awhile and went back to check — and that’s when she allegedly found McCarthy standing over Bella’s mattress on the floor. Bella’s head appeared to be swollen and gray, prosecutors said.
McCarthy and Bond allegedly put Bella’s body in a refrigerator and later weighed it down and put it in Boston Harbor, prosecutors said.
Bond was charged as an accessory after the fact, authorities said.
The medical examiner has not determined the final cause of death, but indicated that one possibility was suffocation or asphyxiation.
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.
McCarthy and Bond were both also charged with improper disposition of a human body.
McCarthy is represented by attorney Jonathan Shapiro. Bond is represented by attorney Janice Bassil. Not guilty pleas were entered for both McCarthy and Bond.
McCarthy was held on no bail. Bond was held on $1 million bail. Prosecutors said Bond has a lengthy criminal history including drug convictions and prostitution convictions, in addition to several restraining orders against her, including by her mother and mother’s husband.
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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