A pale and disheveled Levi Aron entered Brooklyn Criminal Court Thursday afternoon to be arraigned on charges of murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree in connection with the brutal killing of 8-year-old-Leiby Kletzky.
The defendant was taken into custody by NYPD early Wednesday morning for the killing of the Borough Park boy who got lost on his way home from day camp.
The case is being prosecuted by ADA and counsel to the Homicide Bureau, Julie Rendelman, and Unit Chief Linda Weinman, of the Crimes Against Children Bureau.
Cynthia Magnus |
Special To The Jewish Week
Levi Aron, 35, charged in the murder and kidnapping of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky, was moved from Rikers Island to Bellevue Hospital prison ward for psychiatric evaluation, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections on Friday.
She said Aron will either stay at Bellevue until his next court date, set for July 28, or will be returned to Rikers Island when the tests have been completed.
IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto and American Jewish Committee, are sending a humanitarian aid cargo to help the people of South Sudan "on behalf of the Israeli and Jewish people as a goodwill gesture between both communities," according to a news release issued by the organization.
IsraAID is planning to send a long-term aid mission to help women, children and the elderly in the new country.
Israel offered aid to Cyprus in the wake of an explosion at a naval base that killed at least 12 people.
The accident early Monday morning occurred after arms seized in 2009 from an Iranian shipment to Syria caught fire. More than 60 were injured in the blast, which also destroyed a power plant and leveled homes.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou in offering assistance Monday that Israel shares in his country's grief.
Volunteers are searching vigorously for a chasidic child who disappeared Monday afternoon on his way home from day camp, and community members have raised $25,000 as of Tuesday morning as a reward for information leading to his recovery.
Nine-year-old Leib Kletsky was seen on a surveillance tape leaving the Nechmod Day Camp around 5 p.m. but he never made it home. As of Tuesday morning there was still no sign of the boy.