Police in NYC make arrest in death of 'Baby Hope'

By Colleen Long

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Oct. 12 2013 5:40 p.m. MDT

A Tuesday, July 23, 2013, file photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York. In a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

Seth Wenig,File, Associated Press

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NEW YORK — 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: Angelica 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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