Verdict reached in trial of man accused of killing Baby Doe

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

The jury of four women and eight men deliberated for over five days before reaching a decision in a case that began with a wrenching mystery: who would kill a small child, then throw her body out to sea?

After Bella's body washed ashore on Deer Island in Winthrop in June 2015, she was only known as "Baby Doe" until three months later, when a tip led to the arrests McCarthy and Bond. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to determine her identity.

The verdict is expected to be announced in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday.

McCarthy did not testify during his trial.

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McCarthy's lawyer aggressively cross-examined Bond about why she didn't call police or report her daughter's death to anyone.

"I don't think there was a shred of evidence that she was the real killer", Conley said. He said that she killed the child and called her statements during five days of testimony, "a web of lies".

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Bond testified that on the night Bella died, she walked into the girl's bedroom and saw McCarthy leaning over her and punching her.

Defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro had tried to undercut Bond's testimony during the trial, which included describing seeing McCarthy punch the child so hard that her body bounced off a bed. Assistant District Attorney David Deakin noted that one of McCarthy's best friends had testified that he warned Bond to be wary of her boyfriend.

"He said it was her time to die, she was a demon", Bond said.

"Does this look like a mother who is grief-stricken over the death of her child?"

"There is absolutely no question that the defendant dumped Bella Bond's body", he told jurors. Bella was known for months as "Baby Doe" as investigators struggled to identify her.

Before the jury arrived on Monday, McCarthy came into the court and shook hands with Shapiro, looking relaxed as he exchanged a smile with lawyers. Under a second-degree murder conviction, a person is eligible for parole after serving 15 years in prison. He was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the judge also allowed the jury to decide if he was guilty of second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter at the prosecution's request.

Bella's father, Joseph Amoroso, who has acknowledged not seeing his daughter before her death, was not in court when the verdict was returned.

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