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In jailhouse interview, suspect in 1991 death of 4-year-old 'Baby Hope' denies he killed her

The man charged with sexually assaulting and smothering a 4-year-old New York City girl in 1991 denies he killed her but admits he helped dispose of the body.

Conrado Juarez tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1cBGsHS) that Anjelica Castillo died in a fall down the stairs.

The police say Juarez confessed to assaulting the child and smothering her with a pillow to stifle her screams. Juarez told the Times his confession was coerced.

The 52-year-old kitchen worker was arrested last Friday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Police had been searching for Anjelica's killer ever her body was found 22 years ago in a cooler by the roadside in upper Manhattan. She had long been known only as "Baby Hope," the name investigators gave her.

Juarez's jailhouse interview was published in Friday's Times.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com