BOSTON A jury on Monday found a Boston man guilty of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of a MA toddler, whose body washed up on a beach and prompted a months-long search for the identity of "Baby Doe".
In June 2015 the girl's unidentified body, a zebra-print blanket and polka dot leggings were found on Deer Island, about eight miles east of Boston's Logan Airport. He will be sentenced on Wednesday. He faces a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
When it comes to Bond, Sprinsky said he wasn't happy with the plea deal she struck. "The verdict was a travesty of justice".
She testified that she told McCarthy he had killed Bella.
He said Rachelle Bond created a "web of lies" to blame McCarthy.
"I'm just relieved with the verdict".
He noted the effect of drugs on the case, and said that, though so numerous witnesses had been under their influence, they were the only ones prosecutors had to work with.
"Karma will take care of that itself", said Sprinsky. "What the f- did you do?" she said she asked, according to reports.
"Second-degree murder is justice for Bella", Fewtrell said. She had admitted to lying about her daughter's whereabouts after the girl was killed. "It's my instinct. It's what I feel in my heart". She said a green duffel bag was in the backseat and she thought Bella was in the bag. She was such a attractive little baby.
Bella Bond was referred to in the media as "Baby Doe" before investigators were able to identify the toddler's body. She claimed McCarthy threatened to kill her.
"His advice did not work", Shapiro said. Rachelle Bond told jurors that she saw McCarthy punch the girl in the abdomen so hard that she bounced off a bed, and didn't come forward about the crime because she was afraid of McCarthy. She said McCarthy then put Bella's body in a plastic bag and dumped it in the water. In exchange, she testified against McCarthy.
But McCarthy's attorney has alleged that the killer was the child's mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, a recovering heroin user who waited months before telling police about her daughter's death. The defense argued that it was Bond who killed the baby and blamed McCarthy.
McCarthy, 37, never took the stand in his defense. Now that the trial has concluded, she will be sentenced at a future date.
But Conley said Bond's testimony was supported by independent evidence that she did not know about.
The trial included testimony about the girl's short and tragic life. But any time someone so young and so innocent is lost it magnifies the pain and the sorrow to very bad proportions. "An innocent life was not only snuffed out but callously discarded, and that offends everyone who believes that every human life is precious and deserving of love and respect". Rachelle Bond's drug addiction in particular was enabled and exploited by the defendant. "The people who occupied Bella's world were nearly all in the throes of heroin addiction, and that's who the jury saw, and that's who they heard. They are not witnesses we would have wanted, but we don't get to choose our witnesses". The trial lasted for 15 days.
Originally known only as "Baby Doe", the toddler was not identified for more than three months.
"A lot of people don't like her".
"She acted reprehensibly", he said. A friend testified that McCarthy would lock the girl in a closet to discipline her.
"Murder doesn't make sense".
"He said, 'You have to get away from him".
Prosecutors charged McCarthy with first-degree murder, but the judge let the jury know that they had the option of considering two lesser charges of murder, which were second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Deliberations are set to resume Monday.