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New York City Lawmakers Push For Leiby’s Law

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Leiby Kletzky (credit: Handout)

Leiby Kletzky (credit: Handout)

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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.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Keeping The City’s Children Safe

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.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: The Law Would Create Thousands Of Safe Havens

While the community takes action, prosecutors are as well.

A murder indictment is expected to be filed against Aron Wednesday after the medical examiner’s report — detailing Kletzky’s cause of death — was released.

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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