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    (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police have charged Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, as an accessory after the fact. Bond's boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, has been charged with murder.

    A search warrant was issued for an apartment on Maxwell Street in Dorchester Thursday afternoon.

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    Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said that McCarthy has known drug issues. He is currently in the hospital Friday for issues unrelated to his arrest.

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    FOX25 spoke with a woman who described herself as Bella's godmother. She said she was there when Bella was born and cared for the little girl for weeks at a time. She said it has been more than a year since she last saw Bella. Police said Bella was 2.5 years old at the time of the death.

    The godmother described Bella as a smart little girl with a nice personality who loved country music. She said her nickname was "Neveah," which is Heaven spelled backwards. Police said that was the little girl's middle name.

    According to documents, Rachelle Bond was arrested in 2010 on Dorchester Avenue for prostitution. She pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to one year probation. She was also ordered to submit to random drug testing and to stay away from Dorchester Avenue.

    The Department of Children and Families has had contact with baby Bella twice, sources said.  

    From August to December of 2012, DCF provided support for neglect. After the services were provided, the case was closed. Between June and September of 2013, DCF provided additional support for neglect. Again, the case was closed after the services were provided.

    When Baby Doe’s body was found this past June, the DCF said they immediately did a sweep of all open cases involving a child in this age range. Within a few weeks, social workers physically visited every child, ensuring their well-being. Because the case regarding Baby Bella had been closed, it was not among those involved in the sweep.

    "Since June, the Department has been working closely with law enforcement on exploring dozens of leads in hopes to identify the little girl found on Deer Island. Now that we know her name, the story is no less tragic. DCF has not had an open case with this family for over two years, but did have brief involvement with Baby Bella as an infant.  Our thoughts are with Bella’s extended family as the investigation into her death continues," said DCF spokesperson Rhonda Mann in a statement.

    According to court documents, Rachelle Bond was arrested in August of 2010 for sexual conduct with a fee. 

    A source said that between 2001 and 2006, DCF terminated parental rights regarding two of Bond’s other children. One remains with the maternal grandmother. The other was adopted by a non-related family. 

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