Autumn Pasquale Case: Suspects in the murder of 12-year-old NJ girl due in court today
(CBS/AP) WOODBURY, N.J. - Two teenage brothers accused of killing 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale in their southern New Jersey neighborhood will make their first court appearance today. Meanwhile, local authorities face accusations from the girl's family that they failed to act quickly enough once she was reported missing.
The brothers, aged 15 and 17, were charged with murder and other crimes after their arrest on Tuesday. Authorities said the younger boy lured Autumn to their home by promising to trade bicycle parts. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office hasn't identified the teens because they are juveniles.
They will appear on court Friday to determine whether they should remain in a juvenile detention facility.
Autumn, who would have turned 13 on Oct. 29, disappeared Saturday after leaving her house on her bike in the early afternoon. Her body was discovered in a recycling bin behind a vacant home next to where the brothers lived.
Since the boys' arrest, the girl's family criticized authorities for not having a more intense search sooner after she was reported missing and asked the state Attorney General's Office to investigate the response.
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton defended his office's response, saying officials "poured their hearts and souls" into the case. Up to 200 law enforcement officials and hundreds more volunteers joined the search.