Suspect due in court in NYC 'Baby Hope' killing

November 21, 2013 2:10:13 AM PST
Prosecutors are due to unveil an indictment in a New York City child-killing that stumped investigators for decades: the death of a 4-year-old girl long known only as "Baby Hope."

Suspect Conrado Juarez was due in a Manhattan court Thursday. The cold case heated up just this summer.

The indictment hadn't been filed in court as of Wednesday. Defense lawyer Michael Croce (CROH-chee) said he hadn't yet seen it.

Juarez was initially arraigned on a murder charge after his Oct. 12 arrest.

The girl's body was found in a cooler by a highway in 1991. Detectives nicknamed her "Baby Hope." A tip recently led them to her name, Anjelica Castillo.

Juarez was her cousin.

Police say he confessed to sexually abusing and suffocating Anjelica. He told newspapers she died accidentally.

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