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Etan Patz murder suspect Pedro Hernandez gets mental evaluation

Etan Patz, left, is seen alongside Pedro Hernandez, 51, who was arrested May 24, 2012 in the boy's 1979 disappearance. CBS/Inside Edition

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Etan Patz(left); Pedro Hernandez, arrested Thursday, May 24, 2012, for the 1979 murder of the 6-year-old New York City boy
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK -  Pedro Hernandez, the man accused of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in one of New York City's and the country's most notorious missing child cases, has been examined by psychologists.

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Police say Hernandez was taken to Bellevue Hospital early Friday to also get medication for an existing health problem.

While he was there, psychologists questioned him about his mental state. Police wouldn't disclose the health condition.

Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Etan's presumed 1979 slaying. The boy vanished from his school bus stop in lower Manhattan.

Police say Hernandez has confessed to killing the child.

Friday marks the 33rd anniversary of his disappearance. The date was long ago dedicated as National Missing Children's Day.

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