Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

Jury deliberations in 'Baby Doe' murder trial nearing Day 5

The image was shared widely and led to thousands of tips, but the child's identity remained a mystery for months.

Bella's body was found on the beach of Deer Island in June 2015, having washed ashore wrapped in a trash bag.

The jury started deliberating June 20. Had he been found guilty of first-degree murder as prosecutors had sought, parole would not have been an option. McCarthy was convicted Monday of second-degree murd.

In Massachusetts, a conviction for second-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.

McCarthy, 37, will be sentenced Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Jonathan Shapiro, McCarthy's attorney, said they will appeal the decision.

Bond testified that on the night Bella died, she walked into the girl's bedroom and saw McCarthy leaning over her and punching her.

Bond, who was charged as an accessory, pleaded guilty earlier this year in exchange for her testimony against McCarthy, ABC affiliate WCVB-TV reported in February.

Bond's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Tuesday and that's when she is supposed to be free, after almost two years in jail.

McCarthy's lawyer claimed Bond was the real killer. He said that she killed the child and called her statements during five days of testimony, "a web of lies".

The trial last just over three weeks, with testimony from Bond, Sprinsky, Joe Amoroso, Bella's biological father, neighbors and state troopers.

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Both Bond and McCarthy were heroin addicts. The top prosecutor also defended his office's deal with the toddler's mother, Rachelle Bond.

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He blamed Bella's death on addiction, noting that "By the time of her death every adult in her life was distracted from her care and well-being by drug addiction".

"He said it was her time to die, she was a demon", Bond, 41, testified. He said her story was supported by other evidence the prosecution brought forth, which Rachelle was unaware prosecutors would have.

"It was clear to all of us that they gave the evidence all the attention it deserved, and that is all we can ask of any jury", Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said.

(Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File).

The verdict was announced at 11 a.m.

Michael McCarthy, the man accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, has been found guilty of second-degree murder by a Suffolk Superior Court jury. Defendant Michael P. McCarthy, center, reacts after a guilty of second degree murder verdict against him at Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Assistant District Attorney David Deakin noted that one of McCarthy's best friends had testified that he warned Bond to be wary of her boyfriend.

Bond and McCarthy were arrested in September 2015 after Bond told a friend McCarthy had killed her daughter, police said.

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