- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit stemming from the death of a New Jersey girl strangled by a teenage boy when she went to a neighbor’s house to trade bicycle parts.

Autumn Pasquale was killed in 2012. Her family sued several law enforcement agencies in 2014. The civil litigation said police didn’t act properly and if they had there was “a reasonable chance” the 12-year-old Clayton resident would’ve survived.

Police say the girl already was dead when she was reported missing.

The lawsuit said authorities shouldn’t have waited until the next day to implement a child abduction response team.

The Gloucester (GLAH’-stur) County prosecutor’s office announced Wednesday the lawsuit was dismissed after “an agreement with all parties.” Details haven’t been disclosed.

The boy pleaded guilty as an adult to aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.


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