Hope is a powerful word, and it’s a word that we use often. It can be heard in the hallways from staff, parents and law enforcement.
This hope is powerful. It is hope that a missing child will be found. Hope that sexually exploited children will be identified and rescued. Hope that an unidentified victim will be given a name.
Our Biometric and Unidentified Persons Unit works to find those names. They help law enforcement and medical examiner’s offices identify remains of children. We know that it takes just one person to see the composite image of what the child looked like in life that recognizes the child. And if someone recognizes the child, a family will have answers, a proper burial can take place and the unidentified can be given back their name.
From “Baby Hope” to Anjélica
Several cases have made national headlines in the past few years. The most recent case was of “Baby Hope.”
The New York Police Department was so certain they could solve this case and bring justice for the 4-year-old they even gave her the name Hope. For 22 years detectives relentlessly followed-up on any leads that may have held an answer or clue to who she was. And now, two decades after her small body was discovered in a cooler, law enforcement has positively identified her. One more child has been given back her name and her body has finally been laid to rest.
Unknown child in Los Angeles
Today we, along with the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Department of Coroner, need your help identifying another unknown baby. After 28 years, the search for the identity of Jane Doe Baldwin Hills continues.
This new composite photo is being released in hopes that it may spark someone’s memory and lead to her identity.
The baby girl was found in an alley behind a Baldwin Hills apartment building located at 4206 Santo Tomas Dr in Los Angeles.
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The child is believed to have been between 10 to 12 months old and weighed only 14 pounds. She had four teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom, and her ears were pierced. She was discovered on Aug. 19, 1985 at around 6 a.m. when a passerby going to work noticed her naked and malnourished body. It is believed the baby’s body was placed in the alley between 4 and 6 a.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department has set up a private tip line for this case. If you have any information regarding the identity of Jane Doe Baldwin Hills call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247) and leave a tip for Juvenile Division Detective Marie Grebinski. Or email your tips to lacrimestoppers.org. Tips may be made anonymously.
View and print Jane Doe Baldwin Hills poster here: http://ow.ly/qiFki