NEW YORK - (AP) - An 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who got lost whilewalking home alone from day camp in his Orthodox Jewishneighborhood was killed and dismembered by a stranger he had askedfor directions, and his remains were found stuffed in a trash binand the man's refrigerator, police said Wednesday.
The gruesome killing of Leiby Kletzky shocked the tight-knitHasidic community in Borough Park, in part because it is one of thesafest sections of the city and because the man under arrest ishimself an Orthodox Jew.
A day-and-a-half search for the boy ended with the discovery ofhis severed feet inside a bloody freezer at the home of a man whowas seen with the child on a surveillance video, a law enforcementofficial told The Associated Press. The rest of the remains were inthe trash in another neighborhood.
"It is every parent's worst nightmare," Police CommissionerRaymond Kelly.
The 35-year-old suspect, Levi Aron, implicated himself in thekilling, Kelly said.
Police said there was no evidence the boy was sexuallyassaulted, but they would not otherwise shed any light on a motiveexcept to say Aron told them he "panicked" when he saw photos ofthe missing boy on fliers that were distributed in theneighborhood. Police were looking into whether Aron had a historyof mental illness.
Detectives were still questioning him Wednesday afternoon, andno immediate charges were filed. It was not clear whether he had anattorney. The medical examiner's office was working to determinehow the boy was killed.
To watch a full press conference on the Leiby Kletzky case, as well as Chopper 12 footage at the scene where the boy's body was found, tune to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.