Mother: Daughter slain in 1996 had ‘lot of plans’

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of a teenage Philadelphia girl slain in 1996 says she never lost hope that the person responsible would be found.

But Paulette Smith told WPVI-TV (http://bit.ly/YZTdDq ) that it was ‘very discouraging at times’ over the decade and a half it took to bring charges.

Police announced Tuesday that DNA evidence prompted them to charge 46-year-old Florida prison inmate Rafael Crespo in the death of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, whose body was found in an abandoned north Philadelphia house in October 1996.

Smith said her daughter had a bright future and “a lot of plans.” She said there was no way of getting true justice because “nothing that I can do will bring her back,” but she’s grateful to authorities for never giving up on the case.

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Information from: WPVI-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi

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