The mother of 2-year-old Bella Bond had been charged with being an accessory after the fact. She was also charged with larceny over $250 for continuing to take public assistance despite knowing of Bella’s death.
Michael McCarthy, Rachelle Bond’s boyfriend, is facing first-degree murder charges in the toddler’s death.
A joint recommendation requested Bond receive time served and two years probation if she testifies against McCarthy. Prosecutors said she has cooperated fully with the investigation and has agreed to testify.
Bond’s attorney said said her daughter was “everything to her” and she wants nothing more than to see McCarthy convicted of murder.
Rachelle Bond’s trial had been scheduled to start February 27. McCarthy’s trial was slated for April, but will now likely not start until May or early June.
The judge, who is overseeing both cases, said Bond’s sentence would not be imposed until the conclusion of McCarthy’s trial.
Attorneys said Rachelle Bond was threatened by McCarthy and feared for her life if she went to police.
“I do see (Rachelle) as a victim in this case. She wants to see it through to the end,” Bond’s attorney Janice Bassil said.
Rachelle Bond’s $1 million bail that was previously set in the case was revoked. She left the courtroom in handcuffs.
Outside court Bond’s attorney bristled at questions the mother did not do enough to speak up.
“Why don’t you walk in her shoes for a week and see how well you do,” Bassil said.
Bella Bond’s body was found washed up on Deer Island in Winthrop in June 2015. She was known as Baby Doe until September when police were able to identify her.
The girl’s mother is charged with being an accessory after the fact. In addition, she is charged with larceny over $250 for allegedly continuing to take public assistance despite knowing of Bella’s death.
Prosecutors said previously that Rachelle Bond sent McCarthy into the girl’s room in spring 2015 because Bella was having trouble sleeping.
When Rachelle Bond later went into the room, she allegedly saw McCarthy over Bella, who looked grey.
Investigators say McCarthy and Rachelle Bond placed Bella into a duffel bag with weights and threw her into the water off a remote section of South Boston. Months later, the duffel bag and weights were found.
A composite image of Baby Doe was shared millions of times on social media before she was identified in September 2015.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports