The body of a 2-year-old child was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston, Massachusetts on June 25, 2015. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reconstructed her face to provide the public with an estimation of the victim’s appearance during her life. After the reconstruction was released and news coverage began nationwide, an estimated 56 million people viewed reports on the case. Half of these occurred within the first week after her body was found. The publicity generated many tips with possible leads, one of which led to her identity. Bella Bond was identified on September 18, 2015. Her mother Rachelle Bond and her mother’s boyfriend were arrested. Both were heroin addicts. Bella’s mother had lost custody of her two older children years ago.
Rachelle Bond was offered a plea agreement which she accepted and Michael McCarthy, her boyfriend, went on trial for murder. At trial, the prosecution blamed McCarthy for killing Bella while the defense said Rachelle herself had murdered Bella and was accusing McCarthy to save herself. Join us at the quiet end as we discuss the sad case of little Bella Bond. She was clearly failed by her mother, but was she failed by the state and by society as well?
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