A jury in Boston on Monday convicted a former heroin addict in the death of “Baby Doe,” bringing a closing chapter to a tragedy that unfolded across social media after the girl’s body mysteriously washed ashore in 2015.
The Suffolk County Superior Court panel convicted Michael McCarthy, 37, of second-degree manslaughter in the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond. McCarthy is the former boyfriend of Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, and lived with the mother and daughter in the weeks leading up to the girl’s death.
The case gripped the Boston area and the country after a woman walking her dog found Bella’s body stuffed in a plastic bag on the shore of Boston’s Deer Island.
With the body were polka-dot leggings and a blanket with a zebra print. For three months, a computer-generated image of Bella created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children circulated via social media until someone known to McCarthy and the girl’s mother identified the little girl.
McCarthy is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning, WCVB reported. He faces a potential sentence of life in prison with eligibility for parole after 15 years.
Rachelle Bond, 41, entered into a plea deal in which she was convicted as an accessory and told authorities McCarthy killed her daughter after saying the child was a demon. Under her agreement, Bond will be released after the trial.
McCarthy’s defense lawyer expressed disappointment to WCVB.
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