LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cecil E. New II, a 46-year-old convicted sex offender, was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and killing 4-year-old Cesar Ivan Aguilar-Cano, who disappeared near Churchill Downs on June 29. The boy’s body was found in a garbage truck a few days later.
For Metro Police, it was the end of months of painstaking work to crack this case. Detectives arrested New about 5 a.m. Wednesday near 26th and Jefferson -- just a block or so away from the halfway house at which he was staying.
The case among the most heart wrenching cops have faced: the body of little 4-year-old Ivan Cano discovered in the bin of a garbage truck as tippers made trash pick ups in the alleyways of apartments near Churchill Downs back in July.
Police later searched the apartment of New, located just behind the apartments where Cano's family lived. At that time, no arrest was made.
Then today's arrest and his grand jury indictment hours after he was taken into custody.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel said they'd been waiting for some test results.
“We had a whole parameter of scientific tests that we did. DNA testing was one of those things we did,” said Stengel. “You know, there’s a lot of cases out there that never get solved. So we’re real pleased with the job police did on this one and we hope to follow up with a good job on the prosecution.”