Dad's Relative Charged in Murder of Baby Hope

Conrado Juarez confesses to sexually assaulting, smothering child in 1991

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 13, 2013 8:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Baby Hope got a step closer to justice yesterday, with the NYPD charging a relative of her father in her 1991 murder. Conrado Juarez, 52, confessed to sexually assaulting the little girl—who was recently identified as Anjelica Castillo—while he was drunk one night, and then smothering her, reports DNAinfo. A sister who has since died reportedly helped him hide Anjelica's body in a cooler, which they left on the side of the Henry Hudson Parkway; it was found by construction workers on July 23 of that year.

Juarez, who is thought to be a cousin of Anjelica's father, was arrested at the New York City restaurant where he works Friday; he was charged yesterday. "Cold cases are not forgotten cases. Today's arrest of the man charged with killing Anjelica in 1991 is an extraordinary example of police work," said DA Cy Vance in announcing the arrest. A detective who had worked the case until his retirement this summer tells the AP, "You know the expression I'm on cloud 9? Well, that's where I am right now."

Conrado Juarez, 52, is arraigned in the murder of 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, nicknamed Baby Hope, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in New York.
Conrado Juarez, 52, is arraigned in the murder of 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, nicknamed "Baby Hope", Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Police in New York City said Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, that they had arrested the killer of a child nicknamed Baby Hope.
Police in New York City said Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, that they had arrested the killer of a child nicknamed Baby Hope.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Conrado Juarez, cousin and confessed killer of 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, nicknamed Baby Hope, waits to be arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
Conrado Juarez, cousin and confessed killer of 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, nicknamed Baby Hope, waits to be arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying Baby Hope.
This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying "Baby Hope."   (AP Photo/NYPD)
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