Bella Bond, the 2-year-old girl known as “Baby Doe,” was allegedly punched in the stomach by her mother’s boyfriend and later on put in a fridge for a month, sources say.
According to New York Daily News, Michael Patrick McCarthy, 35, the boyfriend of Bella Bond’s mother, has been charged with murder. The child’s mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact.
After months of an extensive investigation, the identity of the beautiful girl found dead, wrapped in a trash bag on a Boston Harbor beach this past summer and dubbed by authorities as “Baby Doe” was reveled as 2-year-old Bella Bond.
The identification of Bella Bond came on Friday, just hours after police raided a home in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood Thursday night. Speaking with reporters after Bella Bond’s identification was made public, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said police have pieced the evidence and have a good idea as to how “Baby Doe” was murdered.
“This child, whose very name means beauty, was murdered. We have a very good idea about what happened to her, based on the evidence.”
“We allege that McCarthy caused Bella’s death, that he did so intentionally, that he and Bond took specific steps to keep Bella’s death a secret and to avoid prosecution.”
Sources told Fox25 that Bella Bond’s mother blamed her boyfriend, who punched the baby in the stomach several times, because he claimed “Baby Doe” was possessed. The same source claims Bond told police they kept the child’s body in a fridge for a month before dumping it by the harbor.
Prosecutors in the Bella Bond case are awaiting DNA results to confirm the child’s identity, even though they are “extremely confident in this identification.”
Investigators did not give any more details about Bella Bond’s death and only said “Baby Doe” died “by an act of violence in the very place that she should have felt safest, in her home.”
When police — trying to identify the remains of the girl found June 25 in the Boston Harbor — released a computer generated image of what Bella Bond looked like while alive, the photo went viral. About 45 million social media users shared the now-famous image of “Baby Doe.”
Neighbors said they had not spotted Bella Bond in a while, but didn’t suspect any wrong doing because her mother had been in trouble with Child Protective Services in the past — due to alleged drug use — and they assumed the little girl had been taken away.
[Image via Suffolk County District Attorney]