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FILE - This Sept. 21, 2015, file photo shows Michael McCarthy being arraigned on murder charges in the death of Bella Bond in Dorchester District Court in Boston. Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday, June 14, 2017, to let jurors consider a lesser charge in the murder trial of McCarthy, accused of killing a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor beach. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)
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Prosecutors seek to add lesser charge in Baby Doe trial

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2015, file photo shows Michael McCarthy being arraigned on murder charges in the death of Bella Bond in Dorchester District Court in Boston. Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday, June 14, 2017, to let jurors consider a lesser charge in the murder trial of McCarthy, accused of killing a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor beach. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to let jurors consider a lesser charge in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor beach.

Prosecutors on Tuesday asked that the jury be allowed to consider involuntary manslaughter in Michael McCarthy’s trial. The defense objected to the request.

McCarthy is charged with killing Bella Bond. The girl’s mother, Rachelle Bond, says McCarthy punched the girl in the abdomen over and over again until she died in May or June of 2015.

McCarthy’s lawyer says Bond killed the girl.

A composite image of Bella was shared by millions of people on social media after her body was found on Deer Island in June 2015.

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