ME: Levi Aron Drugged Leiby Kletzky Before He Murdered Him -- NBC





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An 8-year-old Brooklyn Boy Leiby Kletzky who was kidnapped, killed and dismembered had been drugged before he was smothered to death, including with a drug used to treat schizophrenia, the medical examiner said.

The medical examiner said Leiby Kletzky had been given muscle relaxant, anti-psychotic drugs, painkillers and Tylenol before he was killed. The anti-psychotic drug, quetiapine, is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, and can also be used for depression and other episodes of mania.

A grand jury indictment could come today charging Levi Aron, a 35-year-old hardware store clerk, in the killing.

Prosecutors have charged Aron with first-degree murder and kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty and his lawyers have said he hears voices and sees hallucinations.

He is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue Hospital.

Multimedia The Tragic Case of Leiby Kletzky

Boy Murderer Walked More Multimedia Kletzky was abducted after he left day camp the afternoon of July 11. He was supposed to walk seven blocks to meet his parents, but got lost and encountered Aron on the street.

Aron told police in a confession that was obtained by NBC New York that he took the boy, later panicking when he saw the missing person reports.

He says he suffocated the boy and then dismembered his body, disposing of some parts in a Dumpster.

The medical examiner listed the boy's date of death as July 13, which was the day Aron was arrested at about 2.30 a.m. A medical examiner spokeswoman said the date is not an indication of when the boy was actually killed, just when his body was found. As of now, the ME cannot scientifically pinpoint the time of death.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said that when he met with the family of the boy on Tuesday, he "gave them my commitment that I would do everything necessary to make sure we brought justice to the memory of Leiby."



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