The Bella Bond Case: “It was her time to die. She was a demon.”
On June 25th, 2015, a little girl’s body was found in a garbage bag along the shoreline of Deer Island in Boston, Massachusetts. The unidentified girl was only wearing a pair of white leggings with black polka dots. Investigators found a zebra blanket stuffed inside the bag as well. Decomposition had already set in so it made it hard for authorities to identify her. They called her Baby Doe.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children digitally produced a reconstruction of what the victim most likely looked like and checked the missing children database, but were unable to match any face to their results, concluding that Baby Doe was never reported missing. The medical examiner suspected her cause of death was asphyxia or commotio cordis, disruption of heart rhythm resulting from a sharp blow to the chest in the area directly over the heart. Three months after Baby Doe’s name traveled through media outlets, she was finally identified as Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond (2). When police interviewed Bella’s aunt, she said she had no idea that Baby Doe could have been Bella. When they talked to Bella’s grandmother, she admitted that she didn’t even know the girl was born or existed.
Apparently, Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, was a habitual drug user for most of her adult life, as was her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy. She had her other two other children removed from her custody. Police constantly dealt with neglect complaints about Bella and neighbors heard her crying all the time.
Shortly before Bella was identified, Rachelle confessed to a friend that her boyfriend killed Bella during a raging high. The friend texted Michael: “Please say it ain’t so, Mike. She said you killed Bella, bro.” She also told Bella’s biological father that Michael killed her after she was “acting like a bitch.” On that night, Michael and Rachelle were watching a movie when Bella began fighting her sleep. She got out of bed around three times before Michael took her back to her room. When Rachelle went to check on the situation, she saw Michael punch Bella in the stomach so hard that her body bounced up and down on the bed. Michael wrapped Bella in a blanket and stuffed her in a duffel bag before keeping her body in a refrigerator for an unknown amount of days.
As the little girl’s body froze, Rachelle and Michael went on a heroin binge for multiple days. She also continued to accept welfare checks given to her to support Bella knowing that she was actually dead. When Rachelle finally confronted Michael about killing her daughter, he replied with “It was her time to die. She was a demon.” Friends of his confirmed he had an odd obsession with dark spirits and demons. In fact, most of the abuse Bella endured was because McCarthy thought she was possessed by demons.
Michael McCarthy was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility in 20 years for second degree murder. Rachelle Bond was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. As part of a deal with prosecutors to testify against Michael, she was sentenced to 2 years of probation.