Published July 24, 2012
NEW YORK – The man accused of murder in the death of a 6-year-old New York City boy who went missing in 1979 has been transferred to a detention center.
Pedro Hernandez was transferred to the Manhattan Detention Complex on July 18. He had previously been held at Bellevue Hospital Center's psychiatric ward, but was moved June 27 to Rikers Island jail.
Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Hernandez admitted two months ago to killing Etan Patz in a surprise confession in one of the most baffling missing children's cases nationwide.
Hernandez is being held without bail. His attorney has said his client was bipolar and schizophrenic and had a history of hallucinations. Hernandez was hospitalized after making comments about wanting to kill himself.
His next court date is Oct. 1.