The mother of Bella Bond is back on the stand Monday after delivering gut wrenching testimony during the murder trial on Friday.
Rachelle Bond says her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, killed Bella in a fit of rage, but the defense team argues she has major credibility issues.
“How did you feel when Bella was born?” Rachelle Bond was asked Friday.
“Ecstatic,” she replied. “She was awesome.”
Through smiles and tears, Rachelle Bond reflected on her daughter’s brief life before the jury. She talked about how she moved from an Occupy Boston camp to the Maxwell Street apartment where Bella was killed.
It was in February of 2015 that McCarthy would move in too – a man whose knowledge of astrology and the spiritual world was attractive to her.
But Rachelle Bond also described red flags. She said McCarthy locked Bella in a closet just three weeks after moving in.
In June 2015, Rachelle Bond described how Bella hadn’t slept for a few nights, coming into the couple’s bedroom. One night, Rachelle Bond alleges McCarthy got out of bed and talked to Bella.
Rachelle Bond says she got out of bed to check on McCarthy and Bella, and walked into the bedroom just in time to see McCarthy punch Bella, killing her.
“(Bella) bounced off the bed,” Rachelle Bond said on the stand Friday. “I said, ‘What did you do?’ And he said, ‘It was her time. She was a demon.’”
Rachelle Bond said she tried to take her daughter and perform CPR, but that’s when McCarthy threatened her.
She told the jury she was too scared to run from him, and allowed McCarthy to inject her with heroin and blacking out several times in 48 hours.
When she woke up, she said McCarthy threw her a pair of shoes and the two drove to the seaport with her daughter’s body.