Judge dismisses civil lawsuit in death of Autumn Pasquale

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit stemming from the deaths of a New Jersey girl who was strangled by a teenage boy two years ago.

Autumn Pasquale’s family had sued several law enforcement agencies in 2014. The civil litigation claimed police did not act properly and that if they had, there was “a reasonable chance” the 12-year-old Clayton resident would have survived.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday that the suit was dismissed — without costs or attorney’s fees — after “an agreement with all parties.” But they did not disclose further details.

The suit claimed authorities should have immediately implemented a child abduction response team instead of waiting until the next day. It also claims they refused assistance from a retired law enforcement investigator.

Pasquale was killed in October 2012 after going to a neighbor’s home to trade bicycle parts.

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