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Baby Hope Case: Girl's Relative Admits Murder
A relative of a murdered four-year-old girl nicknamed Baby Hope has admitted killing her more than 20 years ago.
Conrado Juarez was arrested in the Bronx area of New York, close to where the child's remains were discovered inside a picnic cooler in 1991.
Police investigating the death, which became one of the city's most notorious cold cases, made a breakthrough when a tip-off and a new DNA test allowed them to identify the child's mother.
The girl, whose gravestone in St Raymond Cemetery bears only the words Baby Hope and the date she died, has now been named as Anjelica Castillo.
Juarez, a cousin of Anjelica's father, admitted sexually assaulting and killing her after he was arrested outside the Manhattan restaurant where he worked as a dishwasher.
Police said he told detectives he hid the girl's body inside the cool box before taking a cab to a wooded area alongside the Henry Hudson Parkway where he dumped the container.
The 52-year-old, who is waiting to be arraigned, claimed his late sister helped him dispose of the body.
Juarez's arrest came after a fresh round of publicity to mark the 22nd anniversary of Anjelica's death, during which police circulated sketches of the girl and announced a $12,000 (£7,500) reward for information.
Hundreds of people attended a 1993 funeral for Baby Hope, whose body was exhumed for DNA testing in 2007 and again in 2011.
Assistant Chief Joseph Reznick, of the New York Police Department, said detectives never gave up hope of solving the case.
"I think reflecting back on what we named this little girl, Baby Hope, it's the most accurate name we could have come up with," he said.