Man Arrested In Etan Patz Death In NY; Boy Missing Since 1979

9:56 AM, May 25, 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 man accused of murdering a six-year-old boy in one of New York City's most notorious missing child cases was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Pedro Hernandez was checked out by doctors early Friday at Bellevue Hospital. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned later in the day in the 1979 slaying of Etan Patz. The boy vanished while on his way to his bus stop in New York City.

Police say Hernandez has confessed to killing the child.

Friday marks the 33rd anniversary of his disappearance. The date is now recognized as National Missing Children's Day.

COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press

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