Pedro Hernandez Indicted On Murder, Kidnapping Charges In 1979 Death Of Etan Patz In New York City

1:26 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
This undated file photo provided May 28, 2010 by Stanley Patz shows Patz's son Etan who vanished in New York on May 25, 1979. On Thursday, April 19, 2012, investigators began searching a basement near the Patz's apartment for human remains of the boy.(AP/Stanley K. Patz)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The lawyer for the suspect in the infamous 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old New York City boy says his client has been indicted on charges of murder and kidnapping.

Attorney Harvey Fishbein says 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez is being charged in the disappearance of Etan Patz. Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J., was arrested this year and investigators say he confessed.

Etan's disappearance led to an intensive search and spawned a movement to publicize cases of missing children. His photo was among the first put on milk cartons, and his case turned May 25 into National Missing Children's Day.

Fishbein has said Hernandez is mentally ill and has a history of hallucinations.

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