NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City lawmakers are introducing legislation to create safe places for children who need help.
Lawmakers gathered Wednesday outside the place where 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was last seen alive and pledged to make a change.
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield introduced Leiby’s Law, named after the Borough Park boy who sought the help of Levi Aron — who is accused of killing and dismembering the boy — after getting lost.
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Businesses would voluntarily participate in a safe haven program under the bill. Their employees would undergo voluntary background checks and business owners would put a green safe haven sticker in their store windows so children know it’s a safe place to get help.
Some people say while Leiby’s Law is good in theory, they fear there may not be a way to truly keep children safe from predators.
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While the community takes action, prosecutors are as well.
According to the autopsy report, the boy was intoxicated from the combined effects of a muscle relaxant, anti-psychotic drugs, pain medication and Tylenol followed by smothering.
A prayer service for Kletzky will be held in Brooklyn Wednesday night. Rabbis from across the world are expected to attend.
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