Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Jury deliberations in 'Baby Doe' murder trial nearing Day 5

Jury deliberations in 'Baby Doe' murder trial nearing Day 5

Michael McCarthy was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday in the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond, whose remains were found in a trash bag two years ago near Boston.

Prosecutors said McCarthy killed Bella because he thought she was a "demon", but the defense said the girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, was the one who held weird occult beliefs and killed her daughter.

The disturbing saga began two years ago when an unidentified toddler's partially decomposed body was found in a trash bag off the shoreline of Deer Island in Boston.

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for just over 23 hours over five days. He was placed in handcuffs, and now faces mandatory life in prison with a chance for parole in 15 years.

Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the first degree, guilty of murder in the second degree or guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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Rachelle Bond has pleaded guilty to charges including being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Shapiro recounted a story in which McCarthy had told the girl that she did not need to fear the monsters in her imagination, adding, "in the end, the monster came for that little girl and it was her mother".

The verdict is expected to be announced in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday.

The trial included testimony about the girl's short and tragic life.

"He said it was her time to die, she was a demon", Bond, 41, testified.

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Assistant District Attorney Deakin emphasized to the jury that they must not judge McCarthy, Bond and the other individuals involved in the case as a group of addicts. He said McCarthy had been obsessed with the occult for years.

Bond was also charged for helping dispose of Bella's body - and for taking government benefits for her daughter after her death. She said she saw McCarthy punch her in the abdomen so hard she bounced off the mattress.

"Justice for Bella", she said.

Her mother, Rachelle Bond, and her then-boyfriend, McCarthy, were arrested in September 2015 after Bond told a friend McCarthy had killed her daughter. She claimed McCarthy threatened to kill her.

In a later discussion, Bond said she asked McCarthy what he did.

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