A second autopsy will be performed on 2-year-old Bella Bond, Massachusetts Judge Lisa Grant ruled on Tuesday, October 20.
Rachelle Bond, Bella’s mother, 40, was charged with accessory to murder, while her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, 35, was charged with murder. Bond continues to be held on a $1 million bail and McCarthy is ineligible for bail. The hearing was held in Dorchester Municipal Court.
Both Bond and McCarthy will be given a separate pathologist for the autopsy. The second autopsy was requested because McCarthy’s murder charge was based solely on Bond’s testimony and statements to the police department.
On June 25, a woman discovered a child’s body in a trash bag on Deer Island in Massachusetts. Thanks to a forensic artist’s rendering, a picture of a little girl with brown hair, large brown eyes and a chubby face captivated the nation’s attention on television and Facebook as the mysterious “Baby Doe.”