Skip to main content

WATCH: Boston Toddler Bella Bond Murder Trial Day 14


Testimony continues in the Boston murder trial of Michael P. McCarthy. He’s accused of killing a two-year-old girl first known only as “Baby Doe.” The girl, later identified as Bella Bond, washed up on the shore of an island in Boston Harbor on June 25, 2015.

On Thursday, the jury heard the details of a police interview with the defendant. During the interview, the defendant claimed not to know Bella Bond was dead and described the girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, as a good mother. Despite this, McCarthy claimed during the interview that Rachelle Bond told him that social services workers had taken Bella away.

The jury also learned about the discovery of a duffel bag and weights in the water where prosecutors claim McCarthy threw Bella into the water when he disposed of her body. However, it was unclear how long they had been in the water or who put them there. The defense contends that this evidence does not point to McCarthy. Prosecutors claim similar weights were discovered in a shop opened by McCarthy’s father.

A detective also testified about McCarthy’s cell phone searches for “satanic human sacrifice” and demons. Prosecutors allege McCarthy’s obsession with the occult drove him to murder Bella Bond.

The defense has argued that Rachelle Bond is the real killer and that she lied on the witness stand to cover up her own involvement in the case. She made a deal with prosecutors to receive a punishment of time served before this trial and probation in exchange for her testimony about her daughter’s death. She was originally charged with being an accessory after the fact to her daughter’s murder and for cashing social services checks earmarked for Bella after the girl was dead. She could be tried, however, if prosecutors believe her testimony was not truthful.

The jury will likely get the case around the middle of next week.

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Law&Crime:

Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.