Arrest in 'Baby Hope' Case Brings Closure to Cops

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) - The arrest in one of New York City's most notorious cold cases was an especially relieving moment for two hardened investigators.

Jerry Giorgio and Joseph Reznick spent more than two decades trying to identify the girl they nicknamed "Baby Hope." The tiny girl's malnourished body was found stuffed in a picnic cooler along a Manhattan highway in 1991.

A tip led police to 52-year-old Bronx resident Conrado Juarez, who was arrested and charged with felony murder late Saturday. He has pleaded not guilty.

The detectives worked tirelessly on the case, even burying the child's body and engraving her tombstone with "Baby Hope."

She has been identified as 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo. Police say Juarez is a cousin of the girl's father.

The officers say Juarez's arrest has brought them closure.
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say they've arrested a relative in the death of a child nicknamed Baby Hope whose her body was discovered inside a picnic cooler in 1991.

Police announced Saturday that the girl's 52-year-old cousin, Conrado Juarez, had admitted sexually assaulting and killing her - a dramatic turnaround in a notorious cold case.

The child's name and the circumstances of her death were a mystery for years. She was thought to be about 4 years old. But this week police announced that a new tip and a DNA test had allowed them to identify the child's mother.

Now they are also revealing the slain girl's name: Anjelica Castillo.

It wasn't clear whether Juarez had a lawyer.

The child's naked, malnourished body was discovered beside the Henry Hudson Parkway.


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