'Baby Hope' suspect Conrado Juarez takes back confession

The 52-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting and smothering 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo in 1991.

THE BRONX - The man arrested last week in the 1991 "Baby Hope" murder case has taken back his confession.

Conrado Juarez was charged with sexually assaulting and smothering 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, whose body was discovered stuffed inside a cooler in upper Manhattan and remained unidentified for 22 years.

The 52-year-old had admitted to the crime, but has now told the New York Times that the girl fell down the stairs and that his confession was coerced.

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It's been nearly two weeks since the cold case was reopened after investigators learned the identity of Baby Hope through the help of a tip and DNA sampling.
 

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