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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Three "current or former" Chicago police officers have been indicted on state felony charges related to the 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, according to officials.

The police officers were indicted for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy in an attempt to prevent or shape the independent criminal investigation into McDonald's police-involved shooting death, according to a release from Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes.

Det. David March, 58, and patrol Officers Joseph Walsh 48, and Thomas Gaffney, 43 were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice, according to court documents filed in Cook County, Illinois on Tuesday.

“The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial ‘code of silence,’ rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth,” Holmes said.

March, Walsh, Gaffney and others allegedly conspired in the "critical early hours and days" following the shooter "to conceal the true facts of the events surrounding" McDonald's death "to shield their fellow officer...from criminal investigation and prosecution," the indictment states.

Prosecutors also accuse the officers of coordinating their activities to protect each other and other members of the department by furnishing false information, making false police reports, failing to report or correct false information, ignoring contrary information or evidence, obstructing justice, failing to perform a mandatory duty and performing acts each knew he was forbidden to perfect.

The indictment also alleges that the officers failed to locate, identify and interview at least three witnesses whose information was inconsistent to accounts given by members of the police department.

March is a police veteran of more than 30 years, and Walsh and Gaffney have both been with the police department for about 20 years, according to the release. All three officers are expected to been arraigned on July 10.

ABC News could not immediately reach March, Walsh and Gaffney for comment. It is unclear if they have retained attorneys.

Their status with the department was not clear.

McDonald was shot 16 times in October 2014 by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Holmes was appointed by Cook County Judge LeRoy K. Martin, Jr. last year to investigate whether charges should be filed in McDonald's death.

Police dash cam footage showed that McDonald was armed with a knife but not moving toward the responding officers when he was shot. The release of the footage in November 2015 caused nation-wide protests.

Van Dyke is awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty.

A grand jury investigation into the case is continuing, Holmes said. The Fraternal Order of Police did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities are investigating a breach into computer systems of at least one U.S. nuclear power plant, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

There is no evidence that any particularly sensitive or operational systems were breached. Instead, authorities believe only a less sensitive, business-associated side of systems were compromised.

The breach was first reported by E&E News, which covers the energy and environment sectors.

E&E notes that the hack did not garner the attention of the public safety alert systems at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the International Atomic Energy Agency, which could be further evidence of a low risk level associated with the breach.

One U.S. official called this an "ongoing matter" that is still being investigated. No public word has been given on who may be responsible, but authorities are looking at the possibility that a nation-state may be behind the hack.

It's unclear if the case is related in any way to other known cyberattacks.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.) -- An approximately 32-year-old man died in a lightning strike in Florida, and a second man at the scene was injured, according to authorities.

The lightning strike was reported at a construction site around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pembroke Pines Fire Department's division chief of operations, Ruben Troncoso.

Bystanders had already began CPR on one of the men, who was unresponsive, by the time firefighters arrived, Troncoso told ABC News.

Emergency workers determined that the man was in cardiac arrest, and he was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he later died from his injuries, authorities said.

Medical personnel determined the man sustained serious injuries consistent with a lightning strike, Troncoso said, although it is unclear if he had been hit directly.

The second man, who is approximately 35, was also injured as a result of the lightning strike, Troncoso said. He was found semiconscious, complaining of numbness. He was taken to the hospital and remained in stable condition.

Authorities did not release the names of the victims.

Weather reports show there were thunderstorms in the Pembroke Pines area in the early afternoon Tuesday, including heavy downpours and lightning, which is typical for South Florida during the summer.

Lightning is one of nature's top killers. Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has averaged 47 lightning-related fatalities annually, according to the National Weather Service.

At the site where the lightning struck Tuesday, construction is underway for a massive city center with restaurants, retail stores and a new city hall, ABC's Miami affiliate WPLG-TV reported.

Further details were not immediately available.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) -- Movements were restricted Tuesday afternoon at the Redstone Arsenal, an Army base in Huntsville, Alabama, as authorities investigated morning reports of an active shooter.

The "potential active shooter incident" was in the Sparkman Center building, Redstone said in a Facebook statement.

Redstone spokesman Christopher Colster told reporters that authorities have not yet confirmed whether there is a gunman on the Arsenal grounds. No one is in custody at this time, Colster said. No injuries have been reported, he added.

Colster added there is nothing to indicate a terrorist event.

Redstone said in a statement, "The installation was in lock-down mode with all gates closed, and employees sheltered in place at their respective buildings. As of 12:30 p.m., employees can move about the post in an orderly fashion, but are asked to keep movements limited, as needed. Movement remains restricted in the area near the intersections and roads around the Sparkman Center. The gates to the Arsenal are open and operational."

Redstone said the incident is under investigation, adding, "The safety and security of our workforce remains our top priority."

Col. Rich Spiegel, a spokesman for Army Materiel Command, said, “The director of emergency services has responded with local and federal authorities."

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A morning commute for New Yorkers turned into a chaotic scene Tuesday when a subway scraped the side of a tunnel wall, forcing passengers to evacuate and walk underground through the smoke and darkness.

The southbound A train was just outside the 125th Street station in Harlem when the emergency break automatically turned on, according to Joe Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The train bucked forward and backward, causing two of the train's eight cars to derail and scrape the side of the wall, Lhota said. The train was 200 feet from the 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue station at the time.

That train was evacuated, Lhota said, as were three other trains in the same tunnel.

A total of 34 people were injured. Officials said most of the injuries involved smoke inhalation and none were life-threatening. Lhota said the smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the tracks.

The incident, described by the New York City Emergency Management Department as a partial derailment, caused a power outage affecting all six tracks from West 119th Street to West 125th Street.

The FDNY said 500 passengers walked on the tracks, which Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro called “a dangerous thing” to do.

Lhota said investigators will determine why the emergency brake turned on.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The parents of a Charlotte, North Carolina teenager who disappeared more than a year ago and was found safe and returned home over the weekend are thanking authorities and calling her return a "miracle."

Hailey Burns, now 17 years old, was located in a home in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday after a Facebook tip led authorities to her. The teen, who has been diagnosed with a form of autism, went missing from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May of last year, according to her parents.

Her father, Anthony Burns, called the reunion "a miracle" and told ABC affiliate WSCO-TV that he hoped his family’s story would give hope to others who are dealing with a missing loved one.

"Families need to know don’t give up no matter how much time passes,” Anthony Burns said Monday. “There is hope that you just have to keep believing that the one lead will come.”

Burns' mother said that the teen was doing well but that her ordeal had taken a toll.

"There are changes in my daughter. She is not the same person that left and that is the hardest part of this,” Shaunna Burns said Monday, adding that her daughter seems exhausted and has lost between 15 and 20 pounds.

Police rescued Hailey Burns after she contacted a woman online and told her that she was being held against her will, according to police. The teen sent the woman pictures of the home where she was being held and police said they used that to help track her.

"I got a message that said, ‘I’ve been in communication with your daughter and she’s alive and she wants to come home,’ and from there it has been like an avalanche,” Shaunna Burns told WSOC on Monday.

Authorities arrested 31-year-old Michael Ren Wysolovski, who her parents believe abducted and controlled the girl after he met her online.

Wysolovski made his first court appearance in Georgia on Monday where a judge denied him bond. It was not clear if he had obtained an attorney.

He has been charged with aggravated sodomy, cruelty to children, deprivation in the 1st degree, interference with custody and false imprisonment after police said he met the girl online and held her captive in his home.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- California fire officials issued evacuation warnings for some residents in Riverside County Monday night after a car crash ignited a 5,000-acre brush fire in a remote area located about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

The massive wildfire was about 10 percent contained as of late Monday night, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, as it continued to burn between the cities of Beaumont and San Jacinto amid dry conditions.

The brush fire quickly grew from 1,200 acres at 9:30 p.m. to 5,000 acres at around midnight, the Riverside County Fire Department said, adding that it had deployed more than 300 emergency workers to battle the blaze.

The blaze was first reported at around 3 p.m. after a single-car crash near Lamb Canyon sparked a 30-acre fire that quickly began to spread at a "critical rate,” officials said.

Two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries in connection to the accident, according to officials.

The fire, which authorities referred to as Manzanita Fire, shut down Highway 79 for most of the evening and prompted evacuation warnings for residents on multiple roads.

The fire department issued voluntary evacuations for residents living on four roads in Riverside County, and evacuation warnings were in place in other areas, including the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley.

The Riverside County sheriff's office said it had "accidentally" put out evacuation alerts to residents in cities where there is no fire, including Norco, Corona and Jurupa Valley. The department said the cause of the mistake was under investigation and it was "working to correct it."

A separate out-of-control wildfire forced more than 200 people to evacuate near San Luis Obispo, California on Monday. That blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and grew to about 500 acres in just a few hours, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The family of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department, has reached a $3 million settlement with the City of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota, according to a joint statement from both parties.

The settlement follows the acquittal of Yanez on June 16 of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.

Castile was killed on July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop, and his death, as well as the acquittal of Yanez, have drawn protests across the country.

The settlement over Castile's death is the second major settlement to be awarded to the victim of a police shooting in recent days.

The family of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, settled its lawsuit against Ferguson for $1.5 million on June 23.

The Castile settlement is nearly double the amount of what the Brown family received.

"Under the terms of the settlement, Valerie Castile, as Trustee, will receive a payment in the amount of $2.995 million," the statement says. "The settlement will be paid through the City’s coverage with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust."

The joint statement notes that no taxpayer money from the City of St. Anthony Village will be used to fund the settlement, and that the family intends to "deal with their loss through the important work of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation," a non-profit created to help victims of gun violence.

New dash cam video, which was released last week for the first time, reopened old wounds for those who were outraged by his shooting death nearly one year ago.

Yanez, who is Latino, initially encountered Castile, 32, while investigating a broken tail light on his vehicle.

Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, was in the car with him at the time the shooting took place, along with her 4-year-old daughter.

Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live, helping to make it a national news story.

The dash cam video shows Yanez saying, "OK. Don't reach for it," referring to a firearm Castile had.

"Don't pull it out," Yanez says, repeatedly, as he appears to draw his own weapon.

He fires multiple rounds into the car, and Reynolds' voice can be heard screaming inside the car during the shooting.

The joint statement attempts to address the communal rift caused in the wake of Castile's shooting death, and says that the city is working to "rebuild trust" between the police and those they serve.

"The important work of healing our community continues. The City of St. Anthony Village reaffirms its commitment to transforming its police department in partnership with the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," the statement says. "Through the Collaborative Reform Initiative, the City and residents are working to improve trust between the police department and the communities it serves."

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The Humane Educational Society(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Three young children have been removed from a Tennessee home authorities say was trash and feces-filled after the kids were allegedly found in "deplorable" conditions.

The children's parents, Stacy Tallent and Dustin Tallent, both 31, were arrested Monday and charged with aggravated child neglect, said Sgt. Marty Bowman of the Soddy Daisy Police Department.

A total of 21 animals were also removed from the home, authorities said. Eleven of those animals were found dead in a freezer, including two dogs, two turtles, a rabbit and five parakeets, said Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga.

Four dogs, three cats, a rabbit, a python and a lizard were found alive, Citrullo said, describing the animals as "very thin" and covered in parasites and fleas. They are currently being evaluated by veterinarians.

The children -- ages 2, 2 and 5 -- were not home on Saturday when police performed a welfare check at the Soddy-Daisy home, Citrullo said. But, officers on the scene made note of the conditions of the animals on the property, prompting members of the police department to call the Humane Educational Society (HES) on Monday morning, Citrullo said.

All three children are boys, ABC Chattanooga affiliate WTVC-TV reported. The 2-year-old boys are twins, according to the station.

When two HES officers were investigating the home, one peered inside a room and saw a child sitting on a mattress on the floor, allegedly surrounded by filth, Citrullo said. At that point, the HES officers called police, Bowman said.

Citrullo said an HES officer told him that it appears the children were being locked in one room in the home.

BREAKING: This picture shows the latch on one of the bedroom doors. HES officer says kids were inside room with this on door.

— Stephanie Santostasi (@Stephanie_NC9) June 26, 2017

When police arrived at the home, they immediately contacted children's services, who took custody of the three kids, Bowman said. He added that the conditions of the home were "deplorable."

Photos taken by the Humane Educational Society show the interiors of the home filled with trash. There was also animal feces scattered throughout the home, some of which was smeared on walls, Citrullo said.

Stacy and Dustin Tallent are currently in custody at a Hamilton County jail, Bowman said. It is unclear if they have retained an attorney.

BREAKING: Another person has been arrested. One woman and one man. Both handcuffed. Police talking to them now.

— Stephanie Santostasi (@Stephanie_NC9) June 26, 2017

The Humane Educational Society plans on recommending animal neglect charges on the parents to the Hamilton County District Attorney, Citrullo said.

Further details on the condition of the children were not immediately available. Hamilton County Children's Services did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Subscribe To This Feed, Ark.) -- An escaped Arkansas inmate who had been on the run for 32 years was found and brought into custody on Sunday.

Steven Dishman escaped from the Cummins Unit Prison in Grady, Arkansas on May 28, 1985, according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was discovered Sunday at a home in Springdale, Arkansas.

Dishman was convicted of burglary in 1984 in Washington County and was eligible for parole in 1987, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections told ABC News. His discharge date was set for 1991.

The 60-year-old was taken into custody in Springdale by local law enforcement and Arkansas State Police.

Bill Sadler with the for Arkansas State Police told ABC News that an individual who had met Dishman about five years after his escape came forward over the past weekend. That information provided led the state troopers to the Springdale residence.

Dishman served one year of his seven year sentence before escaping. He will now have to serve the remaining six years of his prison term, Graves told ABC News.

Special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have begun to question individuals who may have known Dishman but by a different name, according to Arkansas State Police.

It’s unclear at this point if Dishman will be serving more time for escaping.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- An Alaska man said he survived being pulled off of his bike and attacked by a large brown bear, thanks to his quick-thinking friend.

Alex Ippoliti said he and his friend James Fredrick were riding along a gravel road on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a U.S. military facility in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday morning when they heard rustling coming from the woods nearby. Ippoliti said the two kept moving, but the bear went for Frederick.

The bear "came out of nowhere and pulled him off his bike," Ippoliti told ABC News.

Ippoliti, a member of the Air Force who was on base that day as part of a recreation program, said he knew he had to think fast in order to save his friend's life.

"When she dropped him, she turned toward me, and I was able to spray the bear," he said.

The bear scampered back into the undergrowth, and Ippoliti called 911. He then worked with Fredrick to stop his bleeding while they waited for help to arrive.

The pair had taken all the appropriate precautions while traveling along the road, Ippoliti said, and although he has biked in the area many times, he had never encountered a brown bear before.

"We had bear bells on, and there was a lot of visibility on the gravel road as we were coming down," Ippoliti said. "We didn't see the bear until she attacked. I had bear spray in a pack on my bike, and it was very easy to get it from there, fortunately."

After he sprayed the bear to get her away from Frederick, Ippoliti said they noticed a cub up in a tree. The pair walked down the road as quickly as possible away from the mother and her cub.

"There were a couple times I thought we should stop, but James kept telling me, 'We have to keep going,'" Ippoliti recalled.

Once they made it about 10 minutes down the road, approximately a quarter-mile from the encounter, he said they no longer heard the bear.

An environmental conservation officer who patrols the base for animal-related incidents was the first to meet them, and Fredrick was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was treated for his injuries. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

He later posted a photo with Ippoliti next to his hospital bed with the caption "This dude saved my life yesterday."

Ippoliti said he met Fredrick about a month ago through an amateur race team and their shared interest in riding on gravel trails.

Ippoliti said that after saving his friend, he hit the trails again the next day with his son. During a mountain bike race on Sunday, about 15 miles from the attack, he said his son and other riders encountered a black bear but no one was hurt.

"It's a perception lately that there seems to be more [bear attacks] than normal. Everyone is kind of on edge about it right now," Ippoliti said. "I still plan to go ride and do whatever I can to be smart about it and stay prepared so that I can be safe."

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Sunflower Farm Creamery(CUMBERLAND, Maine) -- It's time for some cuteness overload.

Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, Maine, is known for posting really adorable photos and videos on its social media profiles.

One should expect nothing less from a place that boasts its hosting of "farm yoga."

So on June 21 when the farm introduced their new St. Bernard puppy -- Frances -- the online community braced for some adorable footage.

"She is resting up for her first farm yoga class and meeting the goats tomorrow morning," Sunflower Farm wrote on its Facebook page about Frances.

On Sunday, the farm posted the moment its social media audience had been waiting for: Frances meeting the Sunflower Farm goats.

Frances seemed to fit right in with the goats, as seen in the video, trotting alongside them and romping around with them in the barn.

Sure, there were faceoff moments, but all were playful in nature. At one point, the goats leapt from bag to bag of pine shavings as Frances chased them.

"The goats are very interested in figuring out what she is, and so far, Mildred, the 8-week-old goat kid, is most interested in befriending her," Sunflower Farm Creamery wrote on its YouTube page. "Mildred had a rough start and grew up inside for her first two weeks ... so it is no surprise that she is the least suspicious of the pup."

All during the video, Frances' tail can't stop wagging.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DULUTH, Ga.) -- A teenage girl from Charlotte, North Carolina, has been found alive in Georgia after she went missing more than a year ago and a 31-year-old man is now in custody, according to the FBI.

The teenager had been missing since May 23, 2016, and was found this weekend at a home in Duluth, Georgia, more than 200 miles away from her hometown, the FBI said Sunday.

The FBI said its Atlanta-based agents worked with detectives from the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia to locate the girl after a special agent in Charlotte received information about the case.

Michael Ren Wysolovski, 31, was taken into custody in Georgia and is "facing a number of state charges," the FBI said. The Bureau added that additional charges could be forthcoming.

Wysolovski has been charged with sodomy/aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, interference with custody and cruelty to children/deprivation, according to court records.

The teen, who authorities say has been reunited with her parents, had allegedly met Wysolovski online, her parents told ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

The girl's parents said Wysolovski allegedly drove the teenager to his Georgia home. While in Georgia, the missing girl spoke to a woman online and told the woman she was missing; that woman allegedly contacted the teen's parents Friday night, which led to her rescue, her parents told WSOC.

Once authorities had received the tip about the girl's whereabouts, they acted quickly, her parents told WSOC.

“We got the first message at 8:09 (p.m.) and then by 12:32 (a.m.), they had her,” her mother told WSOC.

Wysolovski is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon, according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV.

The FBI said its agents in Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are continuing to investigate and will work with the FBI in Atlanta and the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two Marines were seriously burned Sunday night in a ground flash fire at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California that broke out while they were performing routine aircraft maintenance on a fighter jet.

"At approximately 10:18 P.M. (PST), a ground flash fire occurred on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar injuring two Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMFA-112) who were performing routine aircraft maintenance on an F/A-18 at the time," said a statement from the Third Marine Air Wing based at Miramar.

"Both Marines are currently being treated for severe burns at the UC-San Diego Regional Burn Center," said the statement. "This incident is under investigation."

An earlier Marine statement had attributed the Marine injuries to an explosion that was later changed to a ground flash fire.

Flash fires can ignites suddenly from a combination of air and a flammable liquid or gas, usually around electrical equipment. These short-duration fires can be of high intensity and extremely dangerous.

VMFA-112 is a Marine Corps reserve unit based out of Fort Worth, Texas. This incident is under investigation.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the killing of 2-year-old Bella Bond, who was nicknamed "Baby Doe" after her unidentified body washed up on a Boston area beach.

The defendant, Michael McCarthy, was dating the victim's mother, Rachelle Bond, at the time of the girl's death. Her body was found in June 2015.

McCarthy faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years, the Boston Globe reported.

McCarthy's recorded interview with police was played in court, in which he denies killing Bella and says Bond put the blame on him.

Bond testified that on the night Bella died, McCarthy went to the 2-year-old’s room to tell Bella to lay down. Five minutes later she returned to the room, where she witnessed McCarthy punching Bella in the stomach, she continued.

"I saw her bounce off the bed" and then fall back down, Bond told the jury.

She said Bella's "head was swollen and gray” and she tried to do CPR.

She testified that she picked Bella up to leave but McCarthy grabbed her by the throat with both hands and said he'd kill her.

Bond told the court she blacked out. When she woke up, she was on the couch in the living room.

She testified that she told McCarthy he had killed Bella. McCarthy replied, "It was her time to die, she was a demon," Bond said.

That night McCarthy injected Bond with heroin in her neck, and later brought her to his car, she said on the stand. She said a green duffel bag was in the backseat and she thought Bella was in the bag. She said McCarthy hit her on the head, and when she regained consciousness, she did not recognize where she was, and McCarthy and the bag were not in the car with her. McCarthy later returned to the car, she said.

In June 2015 the girl's unidentified body, a zebra-print blanket and polka dot leggings were found on Deer Island, about eight miles east of Boston's Logan Airport.

Computer composites used to identify the body were viewed by millions and the mystery surrounding the unknown victim captivated the country.

In September 2015 Bella was finally identified, and McCarthy and Bond were arrested.

Bond, who was charged as an accessory, pleaded guilty earlier this year in exchange for her testimony against McCarthy, ABC affiliate WCVB-TV reported in February. She is currently incarcerated. After the trial, she will be released from jail and will serve probation for two years, according to the plea agreement.

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