'Baby Doe' Artist On Creating Image Viewed By Millions

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When Suffolk DA Dan Conley held a press conference last week and told the world, "Her name was Bella," it felt as if, finally, we had a name to go with that haunting composite image we'd all seen of a little girl with tender, round cheeks, long lashes and big brown eyes.

The "Baby Doe" composite was on billboards in the Boston area, and on worldwide television. It was viewed more than 60 million times on social media.

There was just something about that picture that struck a nerve. So, imagine how the artist who made that image felt when she saw a real photograph of the toddler for the first time.


Christi Andrews, forensic artist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which tweets @MissingKids.


The Boston Globe: ‘Baby Doe’ Image Artist Relieved That Child Has Been Identified

  • “I feel a good sense of relief that we now know who she is,’’ Christi Andrews said in an interview posted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she works. “And a kind of sadness because of what happened to her."

WBUR: Vigil Held For 2-Year-Old Found Dead

  • "Clutching candles near the spot where the girl was found, area residents tried to come to terms with the gruesome death."

This segment aired on September 22, 2015.


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