Bella Bond's mom to be sentenced

Bella Bond's mom to be sentenced

Bella Bond's mom to be sentenced

BOSTON (AP) - The mother of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on a Boston Harbor island is expected to remain behind bars for two more weeks.

During closing arguments, a prosecutor conceded Rachelle Bond behaved badly but said there's no evidence she killed her daughter.

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She acknowledged helping to dispose of the child's body, and told investigators she didn't come forward because she was terrified of McCarthy, authorities said.

Prosecutors had charged McCarthy with first-degree murder, but the judge said jurors could also consider two lesser charges: second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

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In Massachusetts, a conviction for second-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said the verdict was justified because the testimony of the girl's mother was supported by independent physical evidence she did not know about.

"Justice for Bella", the child's godmother said outside court. She claimed McCarthy threatened to kill her. She is rumored to be sentenced to time served followed by probation. Bond is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

But the trial heard from witnesses who said McCarty was obsessed with the occult and would lock the little girl in a closet to discipline her.

Earlier this month, she testified against her boyfriend Michael McCarthy at his trial.

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Her mother, Rachelle Bond, and her then-boyfriend, McCarthy, were arrested in September 2015 after Bond told a friend McCarthy had killed her daughter.

Sanders said Bassil was attempting to find some in-patient substance abuse treatment for Bond, 41, to head to when she is released.

McCarthy's lawyer said Bond was the killer.

The case against McCarthy relied primarily on Bond's testimony, which defense attorney's attempted to refute as a "changing web of lies". The shooting gained widespread attention after Castile's girlfriend, who was in the vehicle with her then-4-year-old daughter, live-streamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

After the verdict dozens of people turned up for a vigil at Deer Island to remember the little girl whose life was so tragically taken.

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