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Mom, boyfriend can conduct own autopsy of 'Baby Doe'

Associated Press Associated Press 20/10/2015

BOSTON  —  A judge has ruled that a mother and boyfriend charged in the death of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor beach can have their own autopsy conducted on her remains.

Rachelle Bond and Michael McCarthy were charged last month. Bond's daughter, Bella, was known as "Baby Doe" for three months as authorities launched a massive investigation to find out who she was and how she died.

Rachelle Dee Bond: 21, 2015, file photo, Rachelle Dee Bond is arraigned on charges of acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, the girl dubbed Baby Doe, in Dorchester District Court in Boston. Bond is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File) © Provided by Associated Press 21, 2015, file photo, Rachelle Dee Bond is arraigned on charges of acting after the fact in helping to dispose of the body of her daughter, the girl dubbed Baby Doe, in Dorchester District Court in Boston. Bond is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File) McCarthy is charged with murder, while Bond is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Both have pleaded not guilty. A judge approved the request for a separate autopsy during a court hearing Tuesday.

The girl's body was found in a trash bag on Deer Island. Bond claims McCarthy killed Bella, but McCarthy has denied it.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled Nov. 19.

Michael Patrick McCarthy, Jonathan Shapiro: 21, 2015, file photo, Michael Patrick McCarthy is arraigned on murder charges in the death of Bella Bond in Dorchester District Court in Boston. His attorney Jonathan Shapiro is at right. McCarthy is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File) © Provided by Associated Press 21, 2015, file photo, Michael Patrick McCarthy is arraigned on murder charges in the death of Bella Bond in Dorchester District Court in Boston. His attorney Jonathan Shapiro is at right. McCarthy is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)
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