Boyfriend of ‘Baby Doe’s’ mother held without bail; mom’s bail set at $1M – CNN

(CNN)Little Bella Bond was allegedly killed by her mother’s boyfriend because he thought she was possessed and “it was her time to die,” a prosecutor told a judge at a Monday bail hearing.

Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, wearing a zippered hoodie, and the boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, wearing a buttoned dress shirt, appeared in a Boston court for the proceeding. They watched from behind a glass partition as a judge granted a prosecutor’s request that McCarthy be held without bail. The judge also set bail for Bond at $1 million “to ensure her appearance.”

They both pleaded not guilty, and McCarthy’s attorney maintains his client didn’t know Bella was dead until police told him Friday.

Bella’s biological father, Joe Amoroso, who never met his daughter in person, sat on the front row, appearing to compose himself, tensing his jaw and pursing his lips at times. His face became flush as details of the case were relayed to the judge.

Amoroso told reporters he knew Bond didn’t kill their daughter and said a track mark on Bond’s neck leads him to believe she was sedated against her will because he doesn’t see how she could have injected herself.

“I was with her for quite some time and I know more about Rachelle than a lot of people do,” he said.

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