Teen brothers charged in NJ girl's death
Published: October 23, 2012 7:52 PM
By GEOFF MULVIHILL. The Associated Press
CLAYTON, N.J. -- Two teenage brothers were charged yesterday with murdering a 12-year-old girl who had been missing since the weekend and was the subject of a frantic search by her small hometown until her body was found stuffed in a home recycling bin.
The boys' mother played a part in cracking the case involving Autumn Pasquale, Gloucester County prosecutor Sean Dalton said. She came forward with information about a posting on a son's Facebook account, leading police to the boys, he said.
The girl appeared to have been strangled, he said. She had been riding her bicycle and was lured to the boys' house, where belongings including the bike were found. There were no signs of sexual assault, Dalton said.
The boys' names were not disclosed because they are juveniles, but Dalton said his office is considering trying for a transfer to adult court. The boys, 17 and 15, will have public defenders.