Rachelle Bond took the stand on Friday and continued her testimony on Monday, speaking about her drug use and the reason why she never reported her daughter's death to police.
Rachel Bond testified that she was too scared of former boyfriend Michael McCarthy to tell anyone what happened regarding the death of her young daughter.
Bond said she had no access to television and was unaware her daughter's body had washed up on Deer Island until she saw an item in the news in September, the same day police tracked her down to the home of Bella's paternal grandmother in Lynn.
Under cross-examination Tuesday, Bond reiterated that she didn't speak up about her daughter's death because she was afraid of McCarthy. "I couldn't hold it back anymore".
The mother of the girl known as "Baby Doe" testified against the man-her ex-boyfriend-who is accused of killing her daughter in Boston Harbor. Rachelle Bond believed it to have been May 27, two days before McCarthy's birthday; however, she might have been wrong, she testified, because she was basing the date of Bella's death on the date McCarthy was supposed to pick up a auto.
"I tried to, at first", she said.
Bond was charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly helping to dispose the child's body, and she pleaded guilty in February. "It was her time to die".
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Prosecutors allege McCarthy killed Bella because he believed her to be possessed by demons.
The defense hammered Bond over inconsistencies between previous statements Bond gave to police and what she testified during direct examination by prosecutors. A zebra-print blanket and polka dot leggings were also found in the bag, located just east of Boston's Logan International Airport.
She also said McCarthy injected her with heroin repeatedly. The two then allegedly put her body in a bag with weights and dropped the body into the water. Shapiro subjected the 41-year-old Rachelle Bond to an intense cross examination.
Rachelle Bond testified that it was McCarthy who began disciplining Bella and adding the concept of consistent sleep schedules into the girl's life.
Bella elicited nationwide sympathy when a composite sketch of her was shared by millions on social media before she was identified.
Shapiro interjected, "You made a mistake?"