BOSTON (WCVB) — The young girl the world came to know as "Baby Doe" has been identified with the first name of "Bella," WCVB's Kathy Curran reported Friday.
As the mystery of a toddler whose body was found on Deer Island earlier this year becomes clearer, social media is giving us a glimpse into the family life of “Baby Doe.”
Bella was just shy of 3-years-old when she died, according to posts showing a birthday party on Facebook.
The break in the case came after a search warrant was executed at a Maxwell Street home in Mattapan Thursday, 5 Investigates reported.
Final confirmation of her identity was pending positive identification by the State Medical Examiner. There was no confirmation of Bella's last name, but neighbors confirmed that Bella lived in the Mattapan home.
"She (the mother) tried to be responsible, but she was on drugs," said Yessiomora Torres, who described Bella as an "angel."
The girl's mother and her boyfriend were being questioned in connection with the girl's death. Police have been in contact with family members.
The young girl’s body was found inside a trash bag by a woman who was walking her dog on Deer Island on June 25.
There was no immediate word on the cause of her death. A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office said only the "investigation remains very active."
"This story is really going to hinge on who this child is and what her history was, who her family is and where she came from," said retired Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben, who led the investigation for months. "Then we are going to open the door to many investigative means."
In the months since the discovery of her body, state police detectives acted on hundreds of leads suggesting possible matches for the young girl in Massachusetts and 35 other states and several countries.
More than 200 girls were ruled out as being the young girl. The computer-generated image of Baby Doe was viewed nearly 60 million times.
Testing of pollen samples recovered from items on the trash bag in which the little girl was found suggested that she had spent a significant amount of time in the Greater Boston area before her death.