The mother of the girl known as "Baby Doe" testified against the man—her ex-boyfriend—who is accused of killing her daughter in Boston Harbor. On Friday, Rachelle Bond told jurors that her ex punched her two-year-old so hard that she died.
According to CBS News, Bond told jurors that Michael McCarthy punched the child, Bella, in the abdomen with such force that she literally bounced off the bed. The mother pled guilty to being an accessory after the fact as she helped dispose of Bella's body in the waters of South Boston.
It was then, Bond allegedly told McCarthy that, "You killed my kid." She claims that he responded by saying Bella was possessed. "It was her time to die. She was a demon."
Prosecutors claim that McCarthy was obsessed with the occult and believed the girl was a demon. McCarthy's lawyer reject that, saying it was Bond who was obsessed and killed the child.
McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder.
Bella's body was found washed up inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor island in 2015. She was known as Baby Doe for months as investigators tried to identify her. The composite image created by the Massachusetts State Police went viral on social media.
[Photo: Massachusetts State Police]