Sentencing for Rachelle Bond postponed in order to find treatment bed


A judge pushed back the sentencing of Bella Bond's mother to July after accepting the terms of her plea agreement a day after her mother's ex-boyfriend was convicted of murdering the 2-year-old girl.

As part of the deal, she testified against Michael Patrick McCarthy, her ex-boyfriend, who was on trial for the 2015 murder of two-year-old Bella Bond.

Rachelle Bond, who admitted to helping dump the body of her 2-year-old daughter, is expected to walk free next month under a plea deal she reached with prosecutors.

Bond told police she had seen McCarthy, who lived with her at the time of Bella's death, kill her daughter by punching her over and over again in the stomach. She was called "Baby Doe", as authorities tried to identify her.

She said she was intimidated into keeping quiet because McCarthy threatened her and forced her to help him dispose of Bella's body.

Michael McCarthy could have been found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter.

"Rachelle bond loved the little girl", he said.

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McCarthy, 37, will be sentenced Wednesday, prosecutors said. "Any lost life is heartbreaking and tragic, but any time someone so young and so innocent is lost, it magnifies the pain and the sorrow to bad proportions".

Defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro focused on trying to undermine Bond's testimony. "Finally justice for Bella", said Meghan Fewtrell, Bella's godmother. The girl was on the bed at the time, according to Bond, and Bond said her whole body bounced with the force of the blow. Defendant Michael P. McCarthy, center, reacts after a guilty of second degree murder verdict against him at Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Rachelle Bond has pleaded guilty to charges including being an accessory after the fact to murder.

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He said Rachelle Bond created a "web of lies" to blame McCarthy. He said McCarthy had been obsessed with the occult for years.

The jury started deliberating June 20. Both were heroin addicts with whom the girl lived a hard life that came to an end with punches from McCarthy. "But at the same time, that doesn't make her a murderer".