Parents of murdered teen Autumn Pasquale push for new law

Parents of murdered teen Autumn Pasquale push for

Parents of murdered teen Autumn Pasquale push for new law

CLAYTON - The parents of a 12-year-old girl who was killed last year are calling on lawmakers to consider a law that would hold the parents of juvenile offenders accountable for their actions.

Autumn Pasquale was killed by a teenage boy who lured her to his home with an offer to trade bicycle parts. Her body was found two days later in a recycling bin, not far from her killer's home.

According to a petition posted on, the family is calling on Gov. Chris Christie and state officials to consider new legislation dubbed “Autumn’s Law.” The proposal calls for “abusive and/or neglectful parents/guardians who have custody of their children [to be held] criminally responsible for murders committed by their minor children, when they know or should have known the propensity toward violence existed.”

Sixteen-year-old Justin Robinson pleaded guilty in adult court to aggravated manslaughter in August, accepting sole responsibility for Autumn's death. He's now serving a 17-year state prison sentence.

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