A Suffolk jury on Monday convicted Michael P. McCarthy of second-degree murder for the 2015 killing of 2-year-old Bella Bond, whose unidentified body washed up on shore in a trash bag, betrayed by those who were supposed to care for her.
“Finally, justice for Bella,” said Bond’s godmother, Megan Fewtrell, who shook with sobs after the jury delivered its verdict.
A second-degree murder conviction means McCarthy, who is 37, could spend the rest of his life in prison. Under state law, he would be eligible for parole after serving 15 to 25 years. He will be sentenced on Wednesday.
A jury of four men and eight women deliberated over the course of five days before reaching a decision in a case that centered on a pair of wrenching questions: Who would kill a small child and throw her body into the water? And who was the young girl?