Mother, boyfriend can conduct own autopsy in 'Baby Doe' case

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BOSTON (AP) — A mother and boyfriend charged in the death of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor beach can have their own autopsy conducted on her remains, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Rachelle Bond and Michael McCarthy were charged last month. Bond's daughter, Bella, was known as "Baby Doe" for nearly three months as authorities launched a massive investigation and social media campaign to find out who she was and how she died.

The girl's body was found in a trash bag on Deer Island in June. State police put a composite image of the brown-eyed, chubby-cheeked girl on Facebook and on billboards, generating hundreds of leads but not the identity of the girl.

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Finally, on Sept. 16, police received a tip after Bond told a man who lived with the couple earlier this year that McCarthy killed Bella by punching her repeatedly in the abdomen one night when she would not go to sleep.

McCarthy's lawyer has said he denies killing the child and claims Bond told him her daughter had been taken away by the state's child protection agency.

McCarthy, 35, is charged with murder, while Bond, 40, is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Both have pleaded not guilty.

A judge approved the request for a separate autopsy during a brief hearing Tuesday in Dorchester District Court. McCarthy and Bond will each have an independent pathologist for the second autopsy, said Bond's attorney, Janice Bassil.

"Although my client was reluctant to do this, I felt that it was important in corroborating her statement as to the manner in which Michael McCarthy killed her child," Bassil said after the hearing.

McCarthy's lawyer, Jonathan Shapiro, said he wanted the second autopsy because the murder charge against McCarthy is based on Bond's statements to police. He said Bond is "completely not credible."

McCarthy and Bond are due back in court on Nov. 19 for a probable cause hearing.

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Mother, boyfriend can conduct own autopsy in 'Baby Doe' case
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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