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Bella Bond's Mother Due in Court for Pretrial Hearing

Rachelle Bond is charged as an accessory after the fact in the 2015 killing of her daughter, Bella Bond

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    Bella Bond's Mother Due in Court for Pretrial Hearing
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    Bella Bond (left), who came to be known as "Baby Doe" after her body washed up on the shore of Massachusetts' Deer Island. Michael McCarthy (lower right) is accused in her murder, and Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, is charged as an accessory after the fact.

    A lawyer for a Massachusetts woman accused of helping dispose of her 2-year-old daughter's body has asked a judge to dismiss the charges or move the trial.

    Rachelle Bond is charged as an accessory after the fact in the 2015 killing of her daughter, Bella Bond.

    Bond's former boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, is charged with murder.

    In court Tuesday, Bond's attorney said Bond didn't willingly participate in the disposal of her daughter's body.

    Recommendations From Bella Report

    [NECN] Recommendations From Report on Bella Bond Case
    Finding that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families did not do enough to protect Bella Bond, the state's Office of the Child Advocate made recommendations on how social workers and officials should proceed.
    (Published Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015)

    A composite image of the girl was shared by millions on social media after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island and she was identified only as Baby Doe.

    Bond's lawyer says the trial should be moved to western Massachusetts because of intense media attention the case received in Boston.

    The judge didn't immediately rule.

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