By Neil Woulfe – Radar News Director
The man accused in the shocking murder and dismemberment of a 8-year-old Hasidic boy has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and has been placed on suicide watch.
A judge in New York ordered the psych exam during an arraignment hearing Thursday for Levi Aron, 35, charged with second degree murder and kidnapping in the killing of Leiby Kletzky.
Aron stood silently in court with his head down as his lawyer told the court that Aron claims to hear voices and has had some hallucinations.
During the hearing, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes told the judge that Aron admitted to smothering, killing and dismembering the young boy. Police say they found some of Kletzky’s body parts in Aron’s refrigerator on Wednesday, and other body parts were found in a red suitcase in a dumpster.
Here is NBC New York’s account of Mr. Aron’s statement. NBC edited it only “to remove parts of an extremely graphic nature,” the TV station reported, adding that Mr. Aron’s words were “written on a legal pad during during questioning:
My name is Levi Aron… On Monday evening around 5:30 I went to my dentist, Dr. Sorcher, to make a payment for visit for exam routine.
A boy approached me on where the Judaica book store was. He was still there when went out from the dentist’s office. He asked me for a ride to the Judaica book store. While on the way he changed his mind and wasn’t sure where he wanted to go.
So I asked if he wanted to go for the ride — wedding in Monsey — since I didn’t think I was going to stay for the whole thing since my back was hurting. He said ok.
Due to traffic, I got back around 11:30 p.m. … so I brought him to my house thinking I’d bring him to his house the next day. He watched TV then fell asleep in the front room. I went to the middle room to sleep. That next morning, he was still sleeping when I was ready to leave.
So I woke him and told him I’ll bring him to his house… when I saw the flyers I panicked and was afraid. When I got home he was still there so I made him a tuna sandwich….
Afterwards — I panicked because I didn’t know what to do with the body…. carried parts to the back room placing parts between the freezer and the refrigerator …
… went to clean up a little then took a second shower. I panicked and .. Then putting the parts in a suitcase. Then carrying suitcase to the car …placing in backseat on floor behind passenger side.
… drove around approximately around 20 minutes before placing it in the dumpster on 20th street just before 4th Avenue. Then went home to clean and organize.
I understand this may be wrong and I’m sorry for the hurt that I have caused.
The Daily News later reported that detectives believe some of Aron’s statement is not true.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Leiby disappeared on Monday after leaving a day camp in Brooklyn. It was the first time his parents had allowed him to walk home alone – it was only seven blocks.
Leiby apparently became lost and asked Aron for help – leading to his kidnapping and murder.