Police identify mother of 1991 cold case victim 'Baby Hope'

Baby Hope is buried at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

Baby Hope is buried at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

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THE BRONX - Investigators have identified the mother of a 1991 cold case victim who has come to be known as "Baby Hope."

The body of the little girl, who is believed to have been between 3 and 5 years old, was found inside a picnic cooler near the Henry Hudson Parkway in Washington Heights more than two decades ago. Cops also discovered that she had been sexually abused.

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Police say they recently received a tip from a woman who thought she might know the sister of Baby Hope. That information and DNA evidence led them to a match.

Baby Hope was found with cans of Coca-Cola, which were traced back to a Bronx distribution center. She is also buried at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

Authorities had re-released a flyer back in July showing an age progression sketch of the victim, and offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
 

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