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Baby Hope Cold Case Solved; Weather Outlook; Health Exchange Technical Difficulties; Health Exchange Online Glitches; Bizarre Rescue Caught on Tape; "50 Shades" too hot for Hunnam?

Aired October 14, 2013 - 08:30   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day.

Let's get straight to Don Lemon, in for Michaela, with the five things you need to know for your new day.

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: I could never - I mean, Michaela Pereira, I mean, come on, I could never fill in for her.

CUOMO: You just have to be you, Don.

LEMON: I'm just here doing me.

Thank you, guys.

We're two weeks into a partial government shutdown and three days away from the debt limit deadline with no deal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and minority leader Mitch McConnell have agreed to keep communicating in an attempt to avoid a crisis.

An insider attack in Afghanistan under investigation. A man dressed in an Afghan soldier's uniform shot and killed a NATO service member on Sunday.

Investigators have released the first ever person of interest sketch in the six years since Madeleine McCann's disappearance. The three- year-old British girl vanished in 2007 while vacationing with her parents in Portugal.

A star of "Baseball Wives" in court today, expected to plead not guilty. Anna Benson is accused of trying to rob her former husband, Chris, who played for the Mets, at gunpoint.

And a new study suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical found in many plastics and canned food linings, may raise the risk of miscarriages along with other health issues.

You know we're always updating the five things you need to know. So make sure you go to for the very latest.


CUOMO: Appreciate it, Don. A breakthrough now in a 20-year-old cold case. Police in New York have arrested a man they say brutally murdered a 4-year-old girl known only as "Baby Hope." Now the little girl has a name and one of her relatives stands accused. CNN's Margaret Conley joins us now with much more.

This is one of those cases they never thought would be solved, but look at us today.

MARGARET CONLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: At last a break. It was a mystery that gripped the nation. But with a combination of luck, new forensic techniques, and good old-fashioned police work, some answers have finally been found.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here you go, ma'am. I'm investigating a homicide and we're -

CONLEY (voice-over): For more than two decades, New York City Police have been trying to find out who this little girl is and who her heartless killer was. Now, a huge break in this cold case.

COMM. RAY KELLY, NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT: Detectives from the Bronx Violent Felony Squad apprehended Conrado Juarez, age 52, of the Bronx, also known as Enadina (ph) Juarez. In connection with the murder of four-year-old Anjelica Castillo, a child victim known for the last 22 years as "Baby Hope."

CONLEY: In 1991, the decomposed body of a four-year-old girl was found stuffed in this cooler discarded by a highway. Her body was folded in half and bound. She had been sexually abused. No one ever claimed the body. Jerry Giorgio was the lead detective on the case from the start.

JERRY GIORGIO, FORMER NYPD DETECTIVE (ph): And I always felt there were other people that knew about this. This could not be a secret. How can you miss - not miss a five-year-old or a four-year-old?

CONLEY: Days turned to months, turned to years. By 1993, the 34th precinct squad had given the little girl the name "Baby Hope" and face recomputed by computer rendering. More years passed. Leads surfaced, then petered out, but police persisted and finally a break.

GIORGIO: You know, when I got the phone call, I got the news, I was elated. Just elated. I was up on cloud nine.

CONLEY: Police recently got a call on their hotline. The caller said she'd been told several years ago by a young woman that her parents had killed her sister. That tip led police to exhume "Baby Hope's" body for bone samples. Using advances in DNA testing, detectives soon found her mother and this week arrested the cousin who is now charged with murder. Police say Juarez has admitted to the crime.

ASST. CHIEF JOE REZNICK, NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT: The justice is going to be when some judge lowers his gavel and says "you're going to jail for the rest of your life." CONLEY: In this final chapter for these detective, they'll soon replace this plaque at "Baby Hope's" grave and set in stone her name, Anjelica Castillo.


CONLEY: Detectives stress that advances in DNA were crucial to find "Baby Hope's" alleged killer. They say the NYPD didn't even have a DNA lab until 1998, seven years after Anjelica Castillo was found. By exhuming her body in 2006, police were able to extract samples for extensive testing and it's that evidence that ultimately cracked the case, and, after 22 years, finally led to an arrest.

CUOMO: Such a long time, but the families will tell you, even though the news is dark, that not knowing is the hardest part.

CONLEY: Right.

CUOMO: So at least they got closure.

Margaret, thank you very much. Appreciate the reporting this morning.

Kate, over to you.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Chris, thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, thousands of Americans trying to sign up for Obamacare online, only to be told try again later. Our own correspondent Elizabeth Cohen showing the trouble she's having to simply try and make an account. So what is going on? She's going to take a look.

Also, a walk for charity becomes a survival story when a woman steps on to a draw bridge and it suddenly starts to open. The rescue, ahead.


BOLDUAN: There you go. There's a song to wake you up on a Monday.

CUOMO: Right.

BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Let's get over to Karen Maginnis, in for Indra Petersons, with a look at the forecast.

Tell me it's beautiful, Karen.

KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It is beautiful. And temperatures running a little bit above normal, so that's good. But just wait until Wednesday. Maybe some light business travel out of the airports for today because of the Columbus holiday. Tuesday looks picture perfect.

Going into Wednesday, a different story. There you can see New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., all expecting various rounds of showers. I don't think you'll see heavy rainfall, certainly not like you saw in the past week or so with that very stubborn area of low pressure right off the mid-Atlantic coast. Some areas saw as much as 12 inches but was spread out all week long.

Temperature wise, we go from 60s to around 70s, back to 60s again. But we have a very vigorous weather system ejecting out of the west. On the back side of that, plenty of cold air. And ahead of it, the potential for some thunderstorms. So if you live anywhere from North Platte to Grand Isle to Celina (ph) and into Garden City, Kansas, you might expect some damaging winds and some large sized hail, possible for this afternoon. But cooler behind this weather system, could see some heavy rains continuing in Texas.


CUOMO: All right, thank you very much, Karen.

So we are now two weeks in and Obamacare is dealing with some political problems. There's no question. But it's dealing with practical problems as well and they're certain to overshadow the political ones. Tech experts say it could take a long time to fix the glitches that people are experiencing when they try to sign up online. Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has been trying to set up an account and she is getting nowhere fast.

Elizabeth, it turns out it's not about you, is it?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: No, it's not about me. Now, I've been doing this just as a journalistic endeavor, but many other people, they really need health care insurance and they say that they're really frustrated that this isn't working for them.


COHEN: I put in my user name and password and it didn't recognize it.

COHEN (voice-over): Error messages, page not found, system down. It's been a tough nearly two weeks for Obamacare.

COHEN (on camera): There were error messages or that little annoying kind of like twirly thing -

BROOKE BALDWIN, ANCHOR, CNN'S "NEWSROOM": I hate the twirly thing.

COHEN: Hate it, hate it, right?

COHEN (voice-over): I've been trying since day one to get an account and log in on I failed again.

COHEN (on camera): We couldn't make this page work.

COHEN (voice-over): And again.

COHEN (on camera): It wouldn't log me in.

COHEN (voice-over): And again.

COHEN (on camera): It's not working. COHEN (voice-over): When I called the 1-800 number for help, the reps tell me volume is high and to try again during off-peak hours. So I tried at 10:30 at night, 7:00 in the morning, and still it didn't work. So finally I set my alarm clock for 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. But guess what? The system was down for maintenance. I'm not the only one having trouble. On FaceBook, people took to the page to vent by the thousands and on CNN's iReport --

MARK IVY (ph), CNN IREPORTER: I've tried it hundreds -- literally hundreds of times since October the 1st.

COHEN: Independent analysts tell CNN the problems go way beyond high volume and minor glitches. They say the site fails to follow even basic protocols in its coding. There is always the old-fashioned option of enrolling over the phone and using snail mail. And you do have time. To be insured by January 1st, you just have to complete the process by December 15th.


COHEN: Now, as we've been reporting, some people have had success, so they've been able to go online and see all their different choices and actually buy insurance. And we've heard from them that they're really thrilled about this.

Now, I just heard from an official at the Department of Health and Human Services and he said that some nights this week they're going to be doing maintenance from 1:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. and they really hope that this means there will be more happy experiences.


BOLDUAN: They can definitely hope for more happy experiences. Because no matter what reasons the administration is giving, this does not look like this is the launch that they were hoping for.

COHEN: Right.

BOLDUAN: Elizabeth, thank you so much.

COHEN: Thanks.

BOLDUAN: Think of this description, 20 minutes of sheer terror. A 55- year-old Florida woman stranded on a raised drawbridge holding on for dear life as firefighters race to save her. The dramatic rescue, as you can see, all caught on video. So how did she get there?

CNN's John Zarrella, live in Ft. Lauderdale with more on the story. Good morning, John.

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. The big question is what was she doing out there? And of course, all kinds of stories circulating that she walked out on the bridge to take picture, that she was looking for a shortcut to get home. What you see behind me is the new river in Ft. Lauderdale and what you see there is the railroad bridge she was stuck on. Here's how it all happened. The bridge was down for a train to cross it, and right after the train crossed it, she apparently walked out on it and then suddenly it started to open.


ZARRELLA (voice-over): Look at this. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That's a 55-year-old south Florida woman dangling more than 20 feet up from a raised rail road bridge.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would have been flipping out, like oh my goodness, oh my goodness.

ZARRELLA: She clung on seemingly frozen to the crossing, her legs locked, her hands pressed tight to the structure. For about 20 minutes she just hung there below a crowd of onlookers snapped photo, some ending up posting it on Twitter. After a flurry of calls to 911 the Ft. Lauderdale Fire Department hoisted a 24-foot ladder and brought her down to the cheering crowd.

The ordeal over, she was safe and apparently unharmed. Sometimes you just get lucky. It's unclear what she was doing on the bridge in the first place. It's marked with a "no trespassing" sign and there's a warning siren when it's about to go up. and there is another nearby bridge for pedestrians to cross.

The woman wearing pink had reportedly just finished a cancer walk Saturday morning called "Making strides against breast cancer" when the bridge went up with her on it.

The bridge over Ft. Lauderdale's new river is remotely controlled. Once she walked out on it and it started up there was no way to stop it and no way for her to get off.


ZARRELLA: Now you can see there's a no trespassing sign there that my camera man Jerry Simonson is on, and that's just one of the several signs that mark this bridge there again the bridge. Now earlier today about an hour and a half ago a Kate and Chris a train came over here, so the bridge was down. After the train went by we timed it and it only took about a minute for the bridge to go back up after the train went by and the up position is the normal position. It's only down when trains are coming and crossing it -- Kate, Chris.

BOLDUAN: All right there you go. That's a little faster than I expected it to be, John. All right thanks so much, great to see you as always.

CUOMO: Adds to the question list why was she out there in the first place. Why did it take so long for her to come down?

BOLDUAN: That's true and the normal position is up right.

CUOMO: Yes. More will come out of that. We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY when we come back two seriously good deeds: a group of really good people and one dairy queen at the center of it all. Find out why this simple ice cream shop is serving up a big dose of the good stuff today.

BOLDUAN: And attention all you actors out there, every single one of you, one of the most sought after jobs in all of Hollywood is open once again. Who do you think has what it takes to play Christian Grey? The short list coming up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Chris Cuomo. Chris Cuomo.


BOLDUAN: That's more than one way to begin it. That's right welcome back everyone.

Actor Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the highly anticipated movie adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Now the search for a leading man is on once again. "Early Start" co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin is here with more.

ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, CNN ANCHOR: You were pointing to Chris.

BOLDUAN: I was just banging him on the shoulder saying you have an opportunity.

SAMBOLIN: You do indeed. So that is right. The only speculation isn't only about finding a new Christian Grey. Charlie Hunnam's departure has many wondering what will happen to the film's other star Dakota Johnson?


SAMBOLIN (voice-over): He was supposed to play billionaire Christian Grey in the film adaptation of "Fifty shades of Grey". But the 33- year-old star of the hit series "Sons of Anarchy" is bowing out. In a statement Universal Pictures said, "The filmmakers of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey."

No too long after E.L. James the author of the erotic bestseller tweeted "I wish Charlie all the best." But was scheduling the real reason for the surprise exit?

BRIAN BALTHAZAR, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST: What the real speculation is was that the tension that he was getting for taking on this role, both negative and positive was just too much for him to handle and he had to get out of it.

SAMBOLIN: In a recent interview with "Entertainment Weekly" the actor admits, "There are so many fans of that book and I know that on the surface I'm probably not what everybody imagined."

Dakota Johnson has signed on as the leading lady, Anastasia Steele. But now that Hunnam is out, there is speculation about Johnson's future in the film.

BALTHAZAR: One of the reasons that Charlie Hunnam got this role is because of the chemistry with Dakota Johnson. So this does raise the question is she also potentially on the chopping block?

SAMBOLIN: With filming set to begin in s few weeks the sudden hunt for Hunnam's replacement could delay the movie's highly anticipated August 2014 release date. So who will take on the leading role in the erotic trilogy?

BALTHAZAR: Of course Ryan Gosling has already come up among fans, Henry Cavill, Alex Pettyfer (ph), Alexander Skarsgard the list goes on.


SAMBOLIN: You should see Kate here.

All right more than 70 million copies of the "50 Shades" book have been sold. This happened worldwide. There is an online petition going already to try to decide who is actually going to have this role.

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: So who is he, who do you see in your hint?

SAMBOLIN: I don't see, I read all three and I don't, I want it to live in my head. .

BOLDUAN: The problem every woman who's read it has a different image of that man.

SAMBOLIN: Who that man would be.

LEMON: Just (inaudible) in your back.

BOLDUAN: I think a lot of women are still going to see no matter who is the man.

LEMON: They say Matt Bomer is out for the guy like and a couple of other.

SAMBOLIN: You've been doing your research.

BOLDUAN: You're a good looking man, too.

SAMBOLIN: Ryan Gosling is one of the names that's been bandied about. A lot of women think that he is like the perfect Christian Grey. I don't know that I agree but --


BOLDUAN: Because there's only a few descriptions in the book of what this person should look like, right?


BOLDUAN: -- just the grey eyes, right?

LEMON: Well Cuomo, there you go, Bro.

SAMBOLIN: Your steely eyes would make it.

CUOMO: Here is the one thing though. This is not a cute guy. I didn't read the book but seeing how you guys talk about it incessantly, it does seem that this guy's got a lot of --

BOLDUAN: And every woman --

CUOMO: -- but he's got character traits that I think make him somewhat undesirable. No?

SAMBOLIN: Yes. He's a bit of a tortured soul.

LEMON: Yes. But aren't we all?

CUOMO: Emphasis on the "tortured". That does it for us. Stay with "CNN NEWSROOM", it's about to begin. Guess who's there -- John Berman and Michaela Pereira filling in for Carol Costello.

We'll see you back here for NEW DAY tomorrow.


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and thank you for joining us. I'm Michaela Pereira.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm her sidekick John Berman. Carol Costello is off today.

PEREIRA: Do not be fooled.

BERMAN: We begin this morning in gridlocked Washington with the sound and the fury.




BERMAN: Frustrations go from a simmer to a boil outside the White House as conservative protesters pile up barricades that have surrounded the World War II and the Lincoln Memorials.


CROWD: Shame on you. Shame on you.


BERMAN: These protesters say they are fed up with partial government shutdown and its --