Sunday, October 13, 2013
Hispanic crime: The little girl known only as "Baby Hope," whose abused and decomposed body was found in an ice chest by the side of a New York roadway in 1991, is 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, New York police have announced
Police also announced the arrest of the man who killed Anjelica and dumped her body along the Henry Hudson Parkway. The man, Conrado Juarez, 52, is the girl's cousin. He has been charged with murder. Juarez, who was 30 at the time of the crime, went to an apartment in Queens shared by seven of his relatives and saw Anjelica in the hallway. Juarez smothered her with a pillow while raping her. When the girl went motionless, Juarez summoned his sister from another room. It was the sister who told Juarez to get rid of the body and who provided the cooler. He then "folded the girl in half," tied her, placed her in a garbage bag inside the cooler and placed soda cans on top of her body, said New York Assistant District Attorney Melissa Mourges during Juaraez's arraignment. Juarez and his sister hailed a cab to Manhattan, dropped the cooler off in a wooded area near the parkway, and then went their separate ways. The sister, Balvena Juarez Ramirez, is deceased.