The Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments in the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond on Friday.
The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to her murder, and her mother’s boyfriend, Michael Patrick McCarthy, with the murder itself, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
McCarthy, of Quincy, is charged with beating Bella Bond, once known only as Baby Doe before authorities could identify her, to death. Bella was then placed in a garbage bag with her blanket and tossed into the ocean.
Bond, of Dorchester, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to that murder and with larceny over $250 by false purposes for allegedly continuing to accept public assistance from the Department of Transitional Assistance after she knew of Bella’s death on an uncertain date in late May or early June of this year.
A dog walker found her body on the shores of Deer Island on June 25. After 83 days of pleading with the public for help and a vigorous investigation, authorities determined that she was murdered.
Prosecutors in Dorchester Municipal Court said McCarthy was certain that the child was possessed by some kind of demons and would regularly lock the child in a closet when she would get upset. The night Bella Bond was killed, McCarthy went into her bedroom and beat her because she was crying, prosecutors said. Rachelle Bond came in to find her daughter dead.
Bond told authorities that she witnessed McCarthy punch Bella in the stomach until she stopped breathing.
The indictments move the case against McCarthy and Bond from Dorchester Municipal Court to Suffolk Superior Court. The two are tentatively expected to face arraignment there on Jan. 6.