The man charged with the murder of Boston’s “Baby Doe” allegedly said the girl was a “demon anyway” and that “it was her time to die”, a prosecutor said in Massachusetts court Monday.
Prosecutor David Deakin said that one night in May Bella had become “unruly” according to Bond, and that McCarthy went in her room to try and quiet the girl down and get her to go to bed.
Deakin said in court that the mother told police that she believed McCarthy had placed the body in a bag and then in a refrigerator because the body was no longer in the bedroom.
The pair allegedly locked Bella in a closet for 30 minutes and said the little girl was possessed.
“I know Rachelle didn’t kill her”, Amoroso told reporters after the hearing.
McCarthy and Bond have both pleaded not guilty. She was escorted from the courtroom while clutching a yellow stuffed duck, which she said Bella took to bed with her every night.
Michael Patrick McCarthy, left, and Rachelle Dee Bond, right, are arraigned in Dorchester District Court, on Monday in Boston.
DeLeo said the once-nameless girl touched people across the country who saw a dark-eyed, chubby-cheeked drawing circulated by police trying to identify her. He said she is “deeply loved by so many”. Rachelle Bond had told him she was staying “with family”, before admitting in a text message to Sprinsky that she was dead and “that is the truth on my daughter’s gone soul”.
Amoroso never met his daughter, though he said he had spoken to her on the phone for a brief period after she turned two and was getting better at speech.
“Everybody says the baby just looks just like her – no when you’ve seen her and you’ve held her and actually played with her, no you wouldn’t have thought that”, she explained.
During their Monday court appearance, Bond’s lawyer asked the judge to set a $250 cash bail and allow her to be under house arrest and with an electronic bracelet.
Authorities found books on “demons and demonology” in the apartment the couple shared, Deakin said.
The prosecutor said Bond told authorities that McCarthy threatened to kill her if she told anyone what he had done to Bella. Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, 40, is charged as an accessory after the fact.
The state Department of Children and Families has said it had two contacts with Bella in 2012 and 2013 for “support and neglect” issues, but the cases were closed. During a conversation with Bond on Wednesday, she told the friend that she had gotten off drugs. The identity of Bella’s father was not released and he was not accused of wrongdoing. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press Friday, September 18, 2015, that authorities have identified the little girl.
Bassil also noted that Bond willingly spoke to state police and is offering to cooperate with the district attorney’s office.
It was at this point during the proceedings that a woman Bella’s godmother Megan Fewtrell began to scream at McCarthy and was led out of the courtroom by deputies.