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Police in NYC Make Arrest in Death of 'Baby Hope,' Victim of Grisly 1991 Murder

A dramatic turnaround in one of the city’s more notorious cold cases.

The grave of 'Baby Hope,' an unidentified girl whose body was found murdered in a picnic cooler 22 years ago, is adorned with flowers at St. Raymond Cemetery in New York, October 11, 2013. New York police have at last identified a little girl who was murdered, sexually abused and stuffed into a picnic cooler in Manhattan. She was found on July 23, 1991. New York police officials confirmed the identity of the girl's mother through DNA testing on October 8, 2013, and also identified the father. The family is Mexican and her mother was too frightened to come forward after her daughter's death, because her husband was abusive, local media reports said. The girl's father, who is believed to be either in New York or Mexico, is now the prime suspect. Baby Hope, two years after she was found, was laid to rest in a donated plot. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they have made an arrest in the death of a child nicknamed Baby Hope 22 years after her body was discovered inside a picnic cooler.

Police announced Saturday that the girl's 52-year-old cousin had admitted sexually assaulting and killing her — a dramatic turnaround in one of the city's more notorious cold cases.

A poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope." (Credit: AP)

The child's name and the circumstances of her death was a mystery for years, but this week police announced that a new tip and a DNA test had allowed them to identify the child's mother.

On Tuesday, police said they had interviewed the woman.

Now they are finally revealing the slain girl's name: Angelica Castillo.

The child's naked, malnourished body was discovered July 23, 1991, beside the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

Here's a report from WPIX-TV that precedes Saturday's arrest:

Featured image: AFP/Getty Images



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