July 14th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

New York man charged in boy's killing placed under suicide watch

New York (CNN) - Levi Aron, arraigned in a New York court Thursday on charges of murder and kidnapping in the first degree in the killing of an 8-year-old boy, was remanded under suicide watch until a mental evaluation is completed.

Aron, 35, showed no emotion as he entered the court handcuffed and did not enter a plea. He said earlier in a statement that he was sorry for the trouble he has caused, said New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Defense attorneys Pierre Bazile and Gerard Marrone told the court that Aron has said he hears voices and hallucinates. They requested an exam to determine whether Aron understands the charges, and asked authorities to keep him under suicide watch while he's in custody.

"I have sincerest concerns about the defendant's mental state and his cognitive abilities," Bazile said.

Aron's next court date is July 28.

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes had said he would ask a grand jury for the "maximum charges permitted by law" for "the vicious and callous murder and dismemberment of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky."

Police found human remains in Aron's freezer and a trash bin which they believe are those of the boy, who went missing Monday afternoon.

Kelly called the case "heartbreaking."

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  1. Marianne - Pleasant Valley, NY

    With what is going on today, the child, especially at 8 yrs old, the camp should never have released the child until the parent came for him – the schools do not release children. Everyone knows that. In NYC – Brooklyn – its ridiculous. Of course the child could get confused and lost. He had never done that before. A person from the neighborhood was interviewed and said the child was so friendly, he would go with anyone?? It makes me furious with the camp and the parents. Look at all the shows that say don't even let your children out of
    Your site even at the shopping malls.
    I understand so man
    y crimes today r unavoi
    dable and just being at the wrong place at the wrong time – but this was avoidable. Because their in their own little community – they thought they were above safety protocol and recommended guidelines.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm |