Identification, arrest made in “baby hope” case
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
After 22 years, a young girl known only as “Baby Hope,” was identified as 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo by New York police Saturday. Castillo’s decomposed body was found in an ice chest on the side of a roadway in New York in 1991.
In addition to identifying the child as Castillo, police also announced the arrest of Castillo’s cousin, Conrado Juarez, 52, who they said they believed killed her and dumped her body beside the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Detectives from the New York Police Department’s Cold Case Apprehension squad would canvas neighborhoods nearby on the anniversary of the discovery of the body, July 23, 1991, handing out fliers and asking for information.
An anonymous tip given after the most recent canvas led to Castillo’s sister, which in turn identified a woman believed to be the girl’s mother. Juarez was arrested after being questioned by police. He admitted to the crime Saturday morning.
Jurarez said to police he saw Anjelica while visiting his cousins in Queens, where he smothered her with a pillow while he raped her. He told police his sister provided the cooler for her body, and he then dumped the cooler by the roadway.