Levi Aron on Suicide Watch at Rikers

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    Levi Aron, the 35-year-old hardware store clerk accused of abducting an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy off the street and killing him before cutting up his body was formally charged Thursday afternoon. This is video of the arraignment.

    The man suspected of abducting and killing an 8-year-old boy who was walking home from day camp has been moved to Rikers Island and is on suicide watch, NBC New York has confirmed.

    Levi Aron had been at Bellevue Hospital for several weeks, at first to undergo a psychiatric exam after the brutal killing and dismembering.

    He pleaded not guilty last week on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

    Aron's lawyers say he hears voices and hallucinates; he was found fit to stand trial last week and his next court date is Oct. 14.

    He is accused of drugging Leiby Kletzky before smothering him and chopping up his body.

    Kletzky was abducted after he left day camp the afternoon of July 11. He was supposed to walk seven blocks to meet his parents, but got lost and encountered Aron on the street.

    Sources tell NBC New York that Aron told detectives he's famous and that he hears voices in his head that are telling him to take his own life for doing what he did to Kletzky.

    NBC New York obtained the statement Aron gave to police after he was arrested.

    Read a redacted transcript of it here.

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