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Boston mother and her boyfriend face murder charges in death of Baby Doe

Little Bella Bond's body was discovered wrapped in a garbage bag on the shore of Deer Island.

At long last, “Baby Doe” has a name: Bella Bond.

Her mother’s boyfriend, Michael Patrick McCarthy is charged with murder. He is currently hospitalized. Bella’s mother, Rachelle, has been charged as accessory after the fact, investigators said Friday. Police executed a search warrant on Maxwell Street on Dorchester/Mattapan line on Thursday afternoon.

“We hoped that her death was not a crime, but evidence shows otherwise,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said. “The child whose very name means ‘Beauty,’ was murdered.”

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Bella was found in a trash bag with her blanket on June 25 when a woman was walking her dog on Deer Island in Winthrop. She was about two and a half-years-old. After 83 days of head scratching, pleading with the public for help and vigorous investigation, authorities determined that she was murdered.

The cause of death is not certain yet. Conley said that a more detailed account of her death will be presented in court. At the time of the press conference, Conley said he had not been briefed on the DCF involvement with the Bond family.

Rachelle Bond was arrested at a family friend's house in Lynn. McCarthy is under guard at Beth Israel Hospital, where police found him.

A woman walking her dog found the 30-lbs body on the beach. For months, a massive social media campaign spawned hundreds of leads. Her computer-rendered image was viewed almost 60 million times and authorities checked over 200 missing girls off of their lists from Massachusetts and 35 other states plus a handful of other countries.

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MassDOT put up billboards asking if people knew her and lab tests looking for isotopes in hair and teeth along with pollen tests yielded small breaks, but nothing strong enough to go on.

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Bella will be buried in Winthrop. Bond and McCarthy will be arraigned Monday morning in Dorchester Municipal Court.

"Massachusetts law says we do not have to establish a motive if we can prove someone is responsible for murder," DA Press Secretary Jake Wark said. "But really, what motive could provide a reasonable explainaintion here?"

In a video posted on that Facebook account, the child is seen celebrating her birthday party. Rachelle Bond wrote, "My Bella loved her birthday party and all the awesome things she got. Broke the bank on it but it's all worth it to see her happy and laughing and smiling. Love it."

State Police had little to add, saying Friday morning: "Multiple callers are inquiring about the status of the investigation into the young girl found deceased at Deer Island in June. The investigation is ongoing. The State Police have nothing to add beyond that at this time."

The mystery surrounding “Baby Doe,” the 4-year-old who was found dead in a trash bag with her blanket on Deer Island on June 25 plagued the minds of investigators and left astonished onlookers asking “how can no one know who she is?”

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A woman walking her dog found the 30-pound body on the beach. For months, a massive social media campaign spawned hundreds of leads. Her computer-rendered image was viewed almost 60 million times and authorities checked over 200 missing girls off of their lists from Massachusetts and 35 other states plus a handful of other countries.

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MassDOT put up billboards asking if people knew her and lab tests looking for isotopes in hair and teeth along with pollen tests yielded small breaks, but nothing strong enough to go on.

Authorities have not released the cause of her death, nor have they identified the person in custody.

Helicopters hovered above 115 Maxwell St. as police canvassed the area Friday afternoon.

“The kid was gone and nobody reported it so the neighbors are just as at fault as the parents,” said Nessie Gordon, who lives nearby. “Nobody’s gonna ask the parents, where’s the kid?”

Gordon said she never saw the child, though she’d been following the Baby Doe case.

“I never understood this; how can you lay down in your bed every night knowing that your kid is missing?”

Mattapan is a Boston neighborhood located about 20 miles from Deer Island, where the child's remains were found.

The video, below, is taken from Rachelle Bond's Facebook page. Officials won't confirm, but it appears as though this is Baby Doe, now known as Bella.

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My Bella loved her birthday party and all the awesome things she got. Broke the bank on it but it's all worth it to see her happy and laughing and smiling. Love it

Posted by Rachelle Bond on Monday, August 18, 2014
 
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