Feb 2, 2015 11:49 AM

Etan Patz's mom says at murder trial that he was trusting

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) The mother of a 6-year-old boy who vanished on his way to school 35 years ago is testifying in the New York murder trial of a store clerk accused of killing him.

Julie Patz (payts) began her testimony Monday recounting her time living in SoHo when Etan (AY'-tahn) was little. She was the last relative to see him alive.

Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979. It was his first time walking to school alone.

His mother says Etan was trusting and craved independence but also feared being lost or alone.

Pedro Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Hernandez confessed in 2012 in a lengthy videotaped statement to authorities. His lawyer says he can't distinguish between reality and fantasy.

Etan's body hasn't been found. The investigation has stretched over continents and decades.


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