Trial set to begin in killing of “Baby Doe” Bella Bond

Michael McCarthy denies killing 2 year-old

(Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man charged in the killing of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor island.

Michael McCarthy is charged in the 2015 death of Bella Bond. The girl was known only as Baby Doe for months as authorities struggled to identify her. A composite image of her was shared by millions on social media.

The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, pleaded guilty to helping dispose of her daughter’s body. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Bond has agreed to testify against McCarthy.

McCarthy has denied killing the girl. His lawyer has said Bond told McCarthy that Bella was taken away by the state Department of Children and Families.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Suffolk Superior Court.


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