Bella Bond’s father says toddler will be buried in Winthrop

Girl’s funeral will be public

Joseph Amoroso visited his daughter's memorial on Deer Island.
Joseph Amoroso visited his daughter's memorial on Deer Island.Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Bella Bond, the toddler whose body was discovered on a Deer Island beach in June and who was identified last week, will be buried in Winthrop, her biological father said.

Joseph Amoroso, who never met his child, said he did not know when her wake or funeral would be but said both would be public.

Bella was known nationwide as “Baby Doe” for nearly three months after the June 25 discovery of her body in a black trash bag; State Police and Winthrop detectives launched a worldwide search for her identity. A composite image of her smiling face was viewed millions of times, and memorials appeared in her honor.


On Friday, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced that detectives had cracked the case. Investigators had identified the girl and charged her mother’s live-in-boyfriend, 35-year-old Michael McCarthy, with killing her, allegedly because he believed she was possessed by demons. The girl’s mother, 40-year-old Rachelle Bond, has been charged as an accessory after the fact.

“I have a family plot, and that’s where she’ll be buried,” Amoroso said Tuesday. “Right next to her great-grandmother.”

The great-grandmother’s birthday, Amoroso said, was June 25 — the same date his daughter’s body was discovered.

“I believe that was God’s work,” Amoroso said.

Appearing on the “Nancy Grace” show on the HLN cable channel Tuesday, the tipsters who helped investigators crack the case said they hope justice will be served.

“I’m very shaken up right now,” Michael Sprinsky said. “I’m very emotional. I haven’t stopped crying. It’s tearing me up inside.”

Sprinsky had stayed with the couple for a brief time before moving out. After Bond told him McCarthy killed Bella and she helped cover it up, Sprinsky alerted his sister, Laura Sprinsky, who in turn contacted authorities.

“Yes, I did it right away,” Laura Sprinsky said of contacting investigators.


Both said they were unable to go into much detail because of the investigation.

“I found out there was a murdered child,” Laura Sprinsky said, adding she wasn’t “100 percent” sure that Bella was Baby Doe. “I didn’t know the information I had was in fact Bella.”

Michael Sprinsky went on to say, “I can’t discuss the particulars. I can’t say at the time I wasn’t worried . . . This goes so deep beyond anything I could tell you.”

“I’m very disturbed and emotional about everything,” he said. “I just want to see some justice.”

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com.