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Bella Bond's Mother Chooses Jail, After Treatment Center Refuses Her04:28
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Rachelle Bond appears in a pretrial hearing on Jan. 17 in Boston. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
Rachelle Bond appears in a pretrial hearing on Jan. 17 in Boston. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
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Earlier this week, a jury convicted Michael McCarthy of second-degree murder in the case of 2-year-old Bella Bond, based on testimony from Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond. His lawyer said he will be appealing the conviction.

Today, McCarthy was sentenced by a judge to life in prison, with possibility of parole in 20 years.

In addition, Rachelle Bond, who testified under a plea bargain and was expected to be released yesterday, will remain in jail. She's chosen to stay after a drug treatment center refused to take her. Her attorney, Janice Bassil said, "She would rather stay in jail in order to find a placement that would work for her."

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Maria Cramer, reporter for The Boston Globe. She tweets @globemcramer.

This segment aired on June 28, 2017.

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