'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
'Baby Hope' Is at Last Identified: Angelica
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)

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. (Read more Baby Hope stories.)

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