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Police Arrest Cousin In Connection With Death Of 'Baby Hope'

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Police announced Saturday the arrest of a man in connection with the 1991 death of a young girl who became known as "Baby Hope."

According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Conrado Juarez, 52, of the Bronx was apprehended Friday afternoon by the Bronx Violent Felony Squad.

"Today NYPD investigators have given young Angelica her due justice," Kelly said.

According to investigators, Juarez admitted to sexually assaulting and smothering 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo in an apartment shared by seven of his relatives in Queens before disposing of her body in a cooler.

Police say Juarez, who is Anjelica's cousin, was aided in disposing of the body by his sister, Balvina Juarez-Ramirez, who is now deceased.

According to Kelly, Juarez and his sister took a livery cab to Manhattan, where they walked through a wooded area and put the cooler down.

The young girl's body was found near the Henry Hudson Parkway in July 1991.

The girl weighed just 25 pounds when she was found.

This summer, police renewed their push to solve the case, releasing photos to the media.

Police say the big break in the case came near the 22nd anniversary of little Anjelica's death when a woman remembered a conversation with another woman who believed her little sister had been murdered.

Through what Commissioner Kelly called good pavement pounding and a DNA match, police were led to Juarez in a case that captured the hearts of investigators.

NYPD Detective Jerry Giorgio, who retired just weeks before the break in the case, says he never doubted that Baby Hope's killer would be found.

"The expression I'm on cloud nine, well that's where I am right now," Giorgio said.

During his arraignment, Juarez showed little emotion as he pled not guilty through an interpreter.

He is due back in court on October 21.

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