Rachelle Bond, the mother in the infamous Boston “Baby Doe” case, has pleaded guilty to a key role in the baby’s horrific murder — and as part of her plea bargain, Bond is expected to be sentenced to probation and time already served.
According to The Boston Globe, Bond confessed to helping her boyfriend dispose of her 2-year-old daughter Bella’s body after the boyfriend allegedly murdered her in 2015. The boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, reportedly believed that the 2-year-old child was possessed by demons, according to NBC News.
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McCarthy allegedly killed the baby one evening in May or June of 2015, after Bella was resisting going to bed. The exact cause of death has not been determined. But Bond reportedly told authorities that she found Bella with her boyfriend after he had reportedly gone to her room to “calm her down.” She said the baby was already dead when she entered the room, and that she believed her boyfriend beat the baby to death. Bond also claimed that McCarthy threatened her into helping conceal the crime.
According to the mother, McCarthy said after the baby died that “she was a demon anyway. It was her time to die.”
Bond and McCarthy have both been accused to disposing Baby Bella’s body in attempt to cover up the crime. Her remains were found in June 2015 by a dog walker on Deer Island in the greater Boston area, leading to a high-profile, monthslong police investigation to identify the body. Someone acquainted with Bond reportedly called in a tip to police after a conversation asking about the whereabouts of the baby led the tipster to suspect something was wrong. Bond reportedly said her daughter had been taken away from her by child protective services, a claim that was easily discounted later.
The mother, who was 40 at the time of her daughter’s death, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and larceny — for cashing her daughter’s welfare checks for months after the alleged murder.
Bond has been in jail for a year and a half, and will reportedly remain there until after McCarthy’s murder trial later this year.