A woman accused of helping to dispose of her young daughter’s dead body was held on $1 million bail Wednesday.
Rachelle Bond appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday for her alleged role in the 2015 death of two-year-old Bella bond. Bond was cahrged with being an accessory after the fact and also larceny for allegedly accepting $1,400 in public assistance after she knew of the child’s death.
Bond’s boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, has been charged with first degree murder for allegedly beating the child to death. The girl’s body was later found wrapped in a trash bag on Deer Island. Both have pleaded not guilty to their charges.
Bond’s defense attorney lashed out at prosecutors Wednesday, saying they were trying to “poison any potential jury pool with statements of facts I can’t rebut.”
“The fact that the ADA has gone on and on and on [reading the facts and circumstances of their case], it is clear that this case is being played out in front of the cameras,” said Defense Attorney Janice Bassil. “We don’t contest the bail. We dispute the fact that she aided Mr. McCarthy. ”
Bella Bond was known to the world as “Baby Doe” for 83 days after her body was found in June. Her recreated image was widely circulated across the nation; tips led to the arrest of McCarthy and Bond.
Bond told authorities that McCarthy went to Bella’s bedroom, and saw McCarthy strike her daughter. She told police that she knew Bella was dead, and McCarthy prevented Bond from going to the police. McCarthy allegedly put Bella’s body in a trash bag and put it in the refrigerator. The next two days, the two went on a drug binge.
Assistant District Attorney David Deakin said that the two weighed the bag and tossed it into the sea.
Bond was held on $10 million. Bassil said that she did not contest bail because Bond could not pay any amount at all. McCarthy will be arraigned on murder charges on Jan. 11.