LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – New and disturbing details are emerging in the murder of a Louisville 4-year-old. Ivan Cano was killed in June 2007 near his Churchill Downs home. His body was found a week later in the back of a Louisville Metro garbage truck. In October 2010, just one day before his trial was set to start, Cecil New pled guilty to the murder of young Ivan and was sentenced to life without parole. Monday, police released new details from Cecil New about the murder.
Troy Pitcock describes the man in one word - "a monster."
Pitcock, now retired as a major in the Louisville Metro Police Department, was a sergeant and served as the lead investigator during the Cano case. In May 2011, Pitcock went to the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville to speak with New.
"Homicide victims families always have remaining questions. Police departments have remaining questions," Pitcock said. "The community had a lot of questions as it related to this case. We took the opportunity to go down there and talk to him to try to get some answers to some of those questions."
New revealed what happened that tragic day in late June 2007.
"I would not say 100% honest," Pitcock said.
Police said New admitted to watching Ivan for months and described in horrific detail how four-year-old died.
"He describes that he's in a fit of rage, basically," Pitcock said. "He picks up the child, takes him to the bathroom, kills the child and then puts the body in the garbage can, immediately thereafter where it stays until it's located by the sanitation workers."
According to Pitcock, New told investigatiors that he filled the bathtub with water and drowned Ivan. Eight days after he went missing, Ivan's body was found in the back of a Metro garbage truck that had just collected trash in the neighborhood. The case still haunts Pitcock.
"Many times, I've woke up in the middle of the night wanting to know how did we not find that child. How did it take a week? This was one of the most massive searches and uses of resources by Louisville Metro Police Department. How did we not find that body?" said Pitcock.
According to Pitcock, New said he was sorry several times, but never said why. WAVE 3 talked to a friend of Ivan's mother, Daisy Davila, who said Rosalina Cano was heartbroken by the new details of her son's murder.
"She's heartbroken and she will keep praying to god to let her keep going on with life itself with her not having her son," Davila said.
"Why do these things happen? Pitcock asked? "What can we as a police department do? What can we as a community do to never let this happen to a child?"
Pitcock said he will meet personally with Rosalina Cano to answer any questions she might have. Pitcock also stressed that families of homicide victims can reach out to LMPD at anytime.