Trial Begins For Man Accused of Killing 2-Year-Old "Baby Doe"

His defense attorney has told jurors that he comforted the girl when she had nightmares and took care of her when her mother was unavailable.

Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl known for months only as Baby Doe. According to the Associated Press, the victim’s composite image was shared by millions of people via social media after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island. The girl was known only as Baby Doe for months until she was identified by authorities as Bella Bond.

Michael McCarthy has been charged in the 2015 death of his former girlfriend's daughter with opening statements beginning today. The girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact. She helped McCarthy dispose of the body and is expected to testify against McCarthy, according to the AP.

McCarthy has been accused of beating the 2-year-old to death, but he has denied killing the girl. According to ABC News, during opening statements McCarthy's defense attorney claimed to the Suffolk County jury that McCarthy comforted the girl when she had nightmares and took care of her when her mother was unavailable.

McCarthy's lawyer rejected the prosecution's claim that McCarthy killed the girl because he thought she was possessed by a demon. Instead he claimed that it was the girl’s mother who wrote about children being possessed by demons.

[McCarthy photo courtesy of Getty Images]

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