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Baby Grace case has retired cop looking back at Angel Doe murder

November 4, 2007

Houston Six years later, there is one case that still touches retired HPD Sergeant Clarence Douglas to the core.

A retired HPD officer can't help but cry as he remembers the case of Angel Doe.
Angel Doe, as she was called, had Douglas working overtime to solve.

She was the unidentified 5-year-old girl whose body was found in 2001.

“The way she was left, nobody come forth to claim her,” said Douglas.

Now a similar case, Baby Grace, out of Galveston is sparking old memories for Douglas. “Somebody has to know this child it’s going to take a relative to see a composite.”

In the case of Angel Doe, her grandmother recognized the sketch and said the little girl was Rayset Knight.

“The father had kicked her and she hit her head on an object on the floor and that’s what killed her,” said Douglas.

But it took months to crack that case.

That little girl was found two days before the September 11 attacks.

“Once that happened it was very difficult for us to get TV exposure,” said Douglas.

Baby Grace’s sketch has received a lot of media attention and already, dozens of tips have been called into authorities.

Douglas says there’s clues in how both children’s bodies were left.

Baby Grace was found inside a plastic container.

Angel Doe was wrapped in a blanket.

“It’s like Angel Doe. They wanted her to be found after death and for someone to take care of her,” said Douglas.

Douglas did in the case of Angel Doe.

He collected money for a gravestone. “She had a birthday May 20 and I went by.”

Though Douglas says he was taught to leave his cases at work, something about this one hit home.

In fact, Douglas says he feels like Rayset is family.

As for the child’s real parents, they were both convicted of harming her.

Rayset’s mother is serving 50 years in prison and her stepfather received a life sentence.

In the Baby Grace case, It’s still not clear how she died

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