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Mother of Bella Bond Set to Stand Trial in December

Rachelle Bond has pleaded not guilty to an accessory charge after being indicted in the death of her daughter Bella

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A pre-trial conference was held Thursday for the mother of Bella Bond.

Rachelle Bond has pleaded not guilty to an accessory charge after being indicted in the death of her daughter Bella. The 2-year-old's remains were found washed up on a Boston Harbor island inside a bag last summer.

Bella was known as Baby Doe for months as detectives searched for her identity and pleaded for family members to come forward.

Bond is accused of helping hide Bella's body after her boyfriend Michael McCarthy allegedly killed her.

Rachelle Bond did not appear in court Thursday, as her appearance was waived. Her trial is now scheduled to begin on Dec. 1. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 12. The deadline for filing motions is in late April.

In court in January, a prosecutor said McCarthy didn't hold Bond against her will, as she has claimed. Bond's lawyer says that she denies helping McCarthy in any way and that he had psychological control over her.

McCarthy has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

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