Baby Doe's mom arrested, boyfriend charged with murder

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'Baby Doe' Identified, Mother and Her Boyfriend Arrested


BOSTON (AP) — A mother has been arrested and her boyfriend is charged with murder in the death of a little girl whose body was found inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor island this summer, a prosecutor said Friday, after a monthslong campaign to learn the child's identity.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said he authorized a murder charge for Michael McCarthy, 35, and the girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, is under arrest for accessory to murder after the fact.

"At just shy of three years old, Bella Bond was a true innocent," Conley said at a news conference announcing the charges.

"This child, whose very name means beauty, was murdered," he said.

The girl was known as Baby Doe as investigators launched a massive social media campaign to find out who she was and how she died.

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BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Rachelle Dee Bond was arraigned for acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, who was known for a while as Baby Doe. Michael Patrick McCarthy was arraigned in the death of Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, September 21, 2015. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Michael Patrick McCarthy was arraigned in the death of Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, September 21, 2015. Rachelle Dee Bond (not shown) was arraigned for acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, who was known for a while as Baby Doe. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Megan Fewtrell, godmother of Bella Bond, clutches 'Ducky,' Bella's favorite stuffed animal that was kept at Fewtrell's home. She waits for the proceedings to start. Michael Patrick McCarthy was arraigned in the death of Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, September 21, 2015. Rachelle Dee Bond was arraigned for acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, who was known for a while as Baby Doe. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Joseph Amoroso, biological father of Bella Bond, speaks to the media after the arraignment. Michael Patrick McCarthy was arraigned in the death of Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, September 21, 2015. Rachelle Dee Bond was arraigned for acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, who was known for a while as Baby Doe. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Rachelle Dee Bond was arraigned for acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, who was known for a while as Baby Doe. Michael Patrick McCarthy (not shown) was arraigned in the death of Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, September 21, 2015. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Rachelle Dee Bond was arraigned for acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, who was known for a while as Baby Doe. Michael Patrick McCarthy was arraigned in the death of Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, September 21, 2015. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley briefs the media on developments in the Baby Doe case and arrests of her mother Rachelle Bond and her mother's boyfriend Michael McCarthy in DA Conley's Law Library in Boston on Sept. 18, 2015. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: MWRA officials and employees bow their heads in a moment of silence for Baby Doe during a small ceremony honoring the memory of the girl known as Baby Doe at the site where her body was found last month on Deer Island in Winthrop, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2015. They had planned this small dedication ceremony before they knew the identity of the girl was found earlier in the day. They raised money and bought a bench, a tree, and a statue of a baby deer. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: A memorial at the site where Baby Doe was found last month on Deer Island in Winthrop, Mass. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Left to right, Frederick Laskey, Ria Convery and Susan M. Brazil absorb the news of learning the identity of Baby Doe near the spot where she was found last month on Deer Island in Winthrop, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2015. MWRA officials and employees had prepared for a small ceremony honoring the memory of the girl known as Baby Doe at the site where her body was found before they knew the identity was found earlier in the day. They raised money and bought a bench, a tree, and a statue of a baby deer. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Winthrop resident Renee O'Brien came to see the small memorial planned by the MWRA honoring the memory of the girl known as Baby Doe at the site where her body was found last month on Deer Island in Winthrop, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2015. They had planned a small dedication ceremony before they knew the identity of the girl was found earlier in the day. They raised money and bought a bench, a tree, and a statue of a baby deer. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Frederick Laskey of the MWRA reacts to learning the identity of Baby Doe near the spot where she was found last month on Deer Island in Winthrop, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2015. MWRA officials and employees had prepared for a small ceremony honoring the memory of the girl known as Baby Doe at the site where her body was found before they knew the identity was found earlier in the day. They raised money and bought a bench, a tree, and a statue of a baby deer. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: Lorraine Noel tends to the memorial at the site where Baby Doe was found at Deer Island in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. Noel is a coordinator of Justice for Baby Doe, earlier in the day the group gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: Volunteers Jeannie Spinazola, left, and her daughter Jillian Ashley Grimes pickup fliers at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. Members of Justice for Baby Doe gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: Mike Rapaglia posts a flier on the rectory door at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. Members of Justice for Baby Doe gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: An image of Baby Doe is surrounded by gifts at the memorial at the site where the girl was found at Deer Island in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. Earlier members of Justice for Baby Doe gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: Debbie Larson and Lorraine Noel visit the memorial at the site where Baby Doe was found at Deer Island in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. The women are the coordinators of Justice for Baby Doe. Earlier in the day the group gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: Coordinator Debbie Larson, left, talks with volunteer Jeannie Spinazola at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. Members of Justice for Baby Doe gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 20: Volunteer Wayne Davidson picks up fliers and information at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop, MA on August 20, 2015. Members of Justice for Baby Doe gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Parish where they hope to build a source of local volunteers to help identify the young girl by posting fliers throughout the Boston metro area. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - AUGUST 4: Winthrop Detectives Timothy Callinan, far right, and Wayne Carter knock on doors following up on a tip that a child was seen in a nearby park who matched the Baby Doe description. They speak with Andrea Mesa and her four year old son Anthony in Winthrop, Mass., on Aug. 4, 2015. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
SUDBURY, MA - JULY 31: A trooper brought body samples to the State Police Crime Laboratory in Sudbury, Mass., on July 31, 2015. They will then be sending it to a private lab in Utah where they will conduct isotope analysis to see what water she's been drinking, which they can match to different geographic areas in the US. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - JULY 31: People have brought toys, dolls, flowers, stuffed animals to a shrine above the spot on the beach on Deer Island in Winthrop where Baby Doe was found. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - JULY 31: Massachusetts State Trooper Daniel Herman, lead investigator of the Baby Doe case, stands at the rocky beach where Baby Doe's body was discovered on Deer Island in Winthrop on July 31, 2015. He has returned to the site multiple times for investigative reasons. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - JULY 25: A memorial for Baby Doe where the unidentified young girl's body was found last month on Deer Island in Winthop, Mass., on Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Police immediately appealed to the public for help. Using photos of her remains, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a composite image of what the girl might have looked like when she was alive. Within two weeks, the image of the chubby-cheeked, brown-eyed girl had reached an estimated 47 million people on Facebook.

Photos of Bella posted on her mother's Facebook page made it clear that she looked strikingly similar to the composite image.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Bond and McCarthy are blaming each other for the girl's death.

"It appears as though it was a situation of the boyfriend who was involved and apparently, I think, mother and boyfriend sort of blaming each other in terms of who harmed the child."

Conley said McCarthy was being treated at a Boston hospital for a medical condition unrelated to the case.

Both Bond and McCarthy are due to be arraigned on the charges Monday.

Officials from the state's child protection agency said they had contact with Bella twice, for four months in 2012 and three months in 2013. In both cases, officials described the involvement as "support for neglect," and the cases were later closed.

Between 2001 and 2006, the Department of Children and Families terminated parental rights for two of her mother's older children. One of the children was later adopted by her maternal grandmother; the other was adopted by someone outside the family, DCF officials said.

Rhonda Mann, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, said the agency has been working with law enforcement to help police identify the girl.

"Now that we know her name, the story is no less tragic. DCF has not had an open case with this family for over two years, but did have brief involvement with Baby Bella as an infant," she said in a statement.

The girl's body was found June 25 inside a trash bag on Deer Island in Winthrop by a woman walking a dog.

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This updated flyer released Thursday, July 9, 2015, by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney includes a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl wearing earrings, whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, inside a bag that also contained a black and white zebra-print blanket. She was wearing white leggings with black polka dots. Officials believe the brown-haired, brown-eyed girl was about 4 years old and are hoping the information generates clues about her identity. (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP)
This image released by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney shows the leggings worn by a young girl whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, inside a bag that also contained a black and white zebra-print blanket. (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP)
This image released by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney shows the blanket found inside the bag with the body of a young girl found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25.
This flyer released Thursday, July 2, 2015, by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney includes a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl, whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, inside a bag that also contained a black and white zebra-print blanket. She was wearing white leggings with black polka dots. Officials believe the brown-haired, brown-eyed girl was about 4 years old and are hoping the information generates clues about her identity. (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP)
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Despite the widespread publicity, a text tip line and billboards with the girl's image, investigators were frustrated for months as they tried to learn her identity. They got their big break after Boston police received a tip and a search warrant was executed Thursday at Rachelle Bond's apartment.

Conley would not say specifically how her body got to Deer Island, but implied that her mother placed her there. He said evidence investigators uncovered led them to charge her with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Bond had a history of drug and prostitution arrests. In 2006, she was arrested after a car she was a passenger in was stopped for a traffic violation. When Bond got out of the car, police noticed she was sitting on a syringe. She was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe.

In 2008, she was charged in a sting operation with offering to perform sexual acts for a fee on a male police officer posing as a john.

On Rachelle Bond's Facebook page, she appears to be a doting mother, posting numerous photos of her daughter, who she calls "Bell" and "monkey."

In a posting on Aug. 18, 2014, 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."

A few weeks later, on Sept. 15, 2014, a photo shows Bella wearing a tight-fitting, one-piece romper. "Look at my Bell," Bond wrote. "The outfit isn't supposed to be a catsuit ...Love her to death. I am on top of the world because of her. My life is complete again and worth living. I give her the world and more if I can..."

Conley said he received at least 10 offers from people who wanted to pay for the little girl's burial, including Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Conley would not comment on how the girl died, but said more information may be released when McCarthy and Bond are arraigned. There were no obvious signs of trauma to her body.

Police chased down tips from around the world, but experts determined pollen on the girl's blanket and leggings and in her hair came from trees found in New England.

Conley did not comment on a possible motive.

"That's always a perplexing matter for us," he said. "Why does anyone kill a 2-year-old child? What could she have done?"

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Associated Press writers Collin Binkley, Bob Salsberg and Steve LeBlanc contributed to this report.

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