Shop worker confesses to 'killing a child'
A shop worker suspected of abducting and killing a six-year-old boy in a case that gripped America for more than 30 years confessed to his family that he had "done a bad thing" and "killed a child" shortly after the 1979 murder.
Pedro Hernandez (51) was due to appear in court yesterday after confessing to murdering Etan Patz (pictured), who vanished from his home in SoHo, Manhattan.
The court appearance, for charges of second degree murder, came exactly 33 years to the day that Etan disappeared. The appearance was delayed after Mr Hernandez was taken to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Detectives were said to have been fearful that he might try to harm himself.
Mr Hernandez, who was 18 and worked at a bodega 150 yards from where Etan lived with his parents, was arrested this week after police received a tip-off that he had confessed to the crime.
Raymond Kelly, the police commissioner, later announced that "in the years following Etan's disappearance, Hernandez had told a family member and others that he had 'done a bad thing' and 'killed a child' in New York". ( © Daily Telegraph, London)