‘It was her time to die’: Chilling details released in murder of ‘Baby Doe’

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BOSTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts judge has ordered the mother of Baby Doe to be held on $1 million cash bond and the mother’s boyfriend to be held without bail.

Rachelle Bond is the mother of 2-year-old Bella Bond, who was found dead in a trash bag washed up on a Boston Harbor island on June 25. Her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, is charged with killing Bella.

Bond is charged as an accessory after the fact.

Authorities found Bella’s tiny remains on June 25 wrapped in a black trash bag. She was wearing polka-dot leggings and lying next to a zebra blanket, east of Boston’s Logan International Airport. Police released photos of the blanket and leggings.

But it wasn’t until last week that a break was made in the case and that McCarthy and Bond were arrested.

The Boston Globe reports that prosecutors said in court Monday that Bella died reportedly in May after McCarthy went into her room to “calm her down.” Bella reportedly was acting up because she didn’t want to go to bed.

Rachelle Bond admitted to police that shortly after, she went into Bella’s room and found McCarthy standing over her daughter’s body. She said her daughter’s face was swollen and gray.

Prosecutors said that Rachelle Bond told police she believed McCarthy then put Bella’s body in a bag and then in a refrigerator. The couple then reportedly got a “large amount” of heroin and used for several days, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say Bella’s body was eventually placed in a weighted duffle bag and thrown in Boston Harbor.

Bond told police that after her daughter’s death, McCarthy said “She was a demon anyway. It was her time to die,” prosecutors said.

A friend of the family told police that McCarthy had recently become interested in the occult. He also told police that Rachelle Bond and McCarthy were often “harsh” with Bella and locked her at least twice in a closet.

In court Monday, Bond’s lawyer had asked the judge to set a $250 cash bail and allow her to be under house arrest and with an electronic bracelet. That comment drew murmurs and snickers from people in the courtroom.

During the arraignment, a woman who says she’s Bella’s godmother yelled, “I hope you rot in hell.” Joseph Amoroso, a man who says he’s the girl’s biological father, yelled that McCarthy “won’t last a day.”

Amoroso claims Bond told him McCarthy had punched Bella in the stomach over and over again until she stopped breathing. Her cause of death has not yet been officially determined.

Read more from the Boston Globe here. 

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