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NYPD finds mother, seeks father in ‘Baby Hope’ case

  • FILE - This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope."  In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/NYPD)

    FILE - This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope." In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/NYPD)

  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York. In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York. In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • FILE - This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope."  In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/NYPD)

    FILE - This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope." In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/NYPD)

  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York. In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York. In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • FILE - This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope."  In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/NYPD)
  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • FILE - This undated image of a poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope."  In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found. (AP Photo/NYPD)
  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • This Tuesday, July 23, 2013, photo shows a poster soliciting information regarding an unidentified body near the site where the body was found in New York.   In a dramatic break in a cold case more than two decades old, investigators used DNA to identify the mother of a dead child known only as Baby Hope, police said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl's death. The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl's remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse. Detectives theorized at the time that she had been suffocated before being dumped like garbage on a grassy incline. They estimated she was dead six to eight days before the cooler was found.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The police want to question a father in the two-decade-old death of a New York City child known as Baby Hope.

The New York Police Department said yesterday it got a break in the cold case thanks to a tip that led to Baby Hope’s mother. The woman told the police her daughter was last alive in the care of her father. The police said the father hasn’t been located.

“A DNA match was made with the mother, and the mother is cooperating,” police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters yesterday.

Kelly declined to discuss the case further as investigators try to determine the circumstances of the 3- to 5-year-old girl’s death.

“Obviously, homicide is a distinct possibility here, so we’re going to go forward in that direction,” Kelly said.

The case dates to July 23, 1991, when a road worker smelled something rotting and discovered the girl’s remains inside a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her body was unclothed and malnourished and showed signs of possible sex abuse.

Her body was exhumed in 2007 for DNA testing, but none could be extracted because of its poor condition. After a second attempt was made in 2011 using better technology on bone material, a DNA profile was developed, the police said yesterday.

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