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Jul202011

Dismembered Brooklyn Boy Was Drugged, Smothered

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BROOKYLN, N.Y.) -- The Brooklyn boy who was murdered and dismembered last week after being abducted on the street was given a cocktail of drugs and then was smothered, the New York City medical examiner said Wednesday.

Leiby Kletzky, 8, had traces of a muscle relaxant, cyclobenzaprine; an antipsychotic drug, quetiapine; pain medication, and Tylenol in his blood, an autopsy showed. He died from suffocation after being smothered. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

His accused killer, Levi Aron, told police he smothered Leiby with a towel before dismembering the boy's body. Leiby died on July 13, the medical examiner found.

An indictment is expected shortly in the death of Kletzky, who disappeared when he was walking home from camp in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was the first time his mother allowed him to walk home alone. His mother planned to meet the boy halfway, but the boy missed a turn and got lost. He asked Aron for help and was not seen again after security cameras spotted the boy walking with Aron towards his car.

The boy's dismembered body was found two days later. Body parts were found in Aron's freezer in the nearby neighborhood of Kensington.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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