'Baby Hope' Is at Last Identified: Angelica
Angelica Ramirez 'was really an angel,' police source says
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2013 4:50 AM CDT
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.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,File)

(Newser) – Just days after finding the mother of Baby Hope, the real name of the murdered toddler, found in a cooler in New York City in 1991, has finally been revealed. She was Angelica Ramirez—a fitting name, the New York Post reports, since "she was really an angel," a law enforcement official says. What exactly happened to her, however, remains a mystery. Her father, believed to be living in New York City or in Mexico, is now the prime suspect.

Angelica's mother says the child's father took off with the little girl and her sister in 1991 after the couple split, the New York Daily News reports. She didn't report it out of fear of her abusive husband, but says she "made attempts to locate her [daughter] and was unsuccessful," a police source says. The other daughter was returned years later. The mother is not considered a suspect.

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Oct 10, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
This story reminds me of a case in Kansas City, Mo., where the body of a decapitated three year old baby was found in a city park. Her head was later found in a nearby trash dumpster. No one came forward to identify her, so they called her "Precious Doe". Years later, after repeated calls from the child's grandfather in Oklahoma, claiming that he knew who she was, police acted and found out the truth. Her real identity was Erica Michelle Marie Green. Her stepfather, Harrell Johnson, beat her to death (accidentally of course), and decapitated her and dumped her body in the park and her head in the dumpster. Both Erica's stepfather and her mother, Michelle (Pierce) Johnson, are now behind bars. Harrell Johnson was sentenced to life in prison and her mother to 25 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precious_Doe I'm glad they have finally found out Angelica Ramirez's true identity. May she rest in peace.
Oct 10, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
Impressive, more illegals leaving a mess in America. Illegals are costly to taxpayers and contribute very little to our economy the first 20 years in the USA.