Mom Rats Out Teen Sons in Murder of Girl, 12
Brothers lured Autumn Pasquale into their home, police say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 2:17 AM CDT
These photos released by the Clayton, N.J. Police Department show Autumn Pasquale, 12.   (AP Photo/Clayton, N.J. Police Department)

(Newser) – A small New Jersey town already reeling from the discovery of missing 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale's body has been stunned by the arrest of two local youths in her murder. Two brothers, 15 and 17, have been charged with first-degree murder, body disposal, and tampering with evidence, the AP reports. Police say the younger teen lured Autumn into his home with the promise of parts for her bike and then, with his brother, murdered her.

Neighbors say the teens were known for stealing bikes and police were often at their house, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Autumn's body was found stuffed into a recycling bin in a vacant lot next to the brothers' home. Police believe she was strangled, but say there are no signs of sexual assault. A police spokesman says the boys' mother came forward with information about a posting on one of her sons' Facebook accounts. The suspects—who attended a community vigil hours before the body was found—will appear in court on Friday and it's not clear whether they will be tried as adults.

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LibertyBell777
Jan 10, 2013 12:15 PM CST
Nerdbomb the racist says "Lord knows we wouldn't already figure out the perpetrators were black just by the fact that a crime had been committed." Can you explain the 26 murdered (20 of which were 6-7 years olds) in Newtown by a young WHITE male? Com'n. I hate to break it to you - but your "30 bad blacks for every good one" line is total b.s. I don't know what happened to you or what formed your opinions of blacks - but the fact is that 28.7% of drug arrests are of whites. That is almost 1/3 of all drug related arrests. Likewise almost 1/3 of all welfare payments go to whites. These statistics are easily verified and show that crime and welfare has more to do with lack of resources than with color. The reason there are more blacks in prison is because blacks receive harsher sentences due to racist douchbags like you. Also easily verified. And Newsflash, the drug laws that Reagan put in place specifically targeted minorities. Harsher sentencing for crack in comparison to light sentences for expensive drugs like cocain meant that minorities filled prisons while whites got probation. In turn, more children of minorities were left in single-family homes increasing the likelihood of drug use and crime, perpetuating a sad cycle. Same as racism and the spread of racist comments. (sad and destructive)
rifleman1234
Oct 25, 2012 10:33 AM CDT
you guys are just figuring this out? that this and most media outlets are corrupt and inept.
Perotstheman
Oct 25, 2012 5:41 AM CDT
NEWSER...You all SUCK !! You don't present news articles..you print entertainment quips that couldn't possibly include ALL the facts,couldn't possibly present a balanced perspective and could NEVER qualify as informative.Also "readers"...children aren't "born Bad", race has absolutely NOTHING to do with this tragedy(personal and societal), and the mom did NOT "RAT OUT" anyone...she did the right thing. What a divisive and inflammatory piece of shit this little info blurb was !!! PATHETIC !