Conrado Juarez Due In Court Next Month

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing a 4-year-old girl who was known only as “Baby Hope” for 22 years.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office told a judge that Conrado Juarez — who waived his appearance in court Tuesday — has been indicted on an unspecified charge.

Juarez, 52, of the Bronx was arrested earlier this month and initially arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in the death of his cousin, 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo.

Police said he confessed to smothering the girl to silence her screams as he sexually attacked her.

The girl’s body was found stuffed in a cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway on July 23, 1991.

She became known as “Baby Hope” and was just recently identified thanks to a renewed effort by the NYPD over the summer to get new information.

Police handed out posters and flyers featuring a composite sketch of what the child might have looked like and offered a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

A tip came in to the Crime Stoppers phone line and that bit of information led detectives to Castillo’s mother, which led to a DNA match and ultimately to Juarez.

Juarez now claims his confession was coerced.

He is due in court on Nov. 21.

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