In a donated dress, girl dubbed Baby Doe is buried

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WINTHROP, Mass. (AP) — The 2-year-old girl known for months as Baby Doe after her remains were found in a plastic bag on a Boston Harbor beach was buried Saturday in a donated dress with a donated quilt.

Bella Bond was laid to rest in Winthrop near her paternal great-grandmother after a private funeral. The girl’s biological father, Joseph Amoroso, who never met her, kissed his hand and placed it on the coffin during the graveside service, The Boston Globe reported.

Bella was buried with a donated quilt and four toys including a stuffed bear and dog, a funeral director told the Globe. Her body was dressed in a donated white lace dress.

A small group of people came out to show support for Bella’s family, NECN reported.

Bella’s remains were found June 25. A composite image of the girl was shared by millions on social media before she was identified in September.

Her mother’s boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, has been charged with murder. Her mother, Rachelle Bond, is charged with being an accessory. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty was among those who attended Bella’s funeral.

“Today is a sad day, but also a day that we can finally say that she’s at rest,” he said.

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