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Autumn Pasquale Murder: Father of slain N.J. girl threatens lawsuit against prosecutor's office

Police say 15-year-old Autumn Pasquale disappeared on Oct. 20 riding her BMX bike in her neighborhood in Clayton, N.J. Autumn was found dead two days later in a recycling bin behind a nearby house. Two brothers, aged 15 and 17 years old, were arrested in her slaying. Pasquale was allegedly lured into a house by the younger brother who told her he wanted to trade bike parts. Personal photo

Autumn Pasquale
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(CBS/AP) WOODBURY, N.J. - The Autumn Pasquale murder case has been transferred to Camden, N.J., after the slain 12-year-old's father filed documents threatening a possible lawsuit against the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office over alleging mishandling of the case, the South Jersey Times reports. 

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The paper reports the case against two teens accused of murdering the girl was transferred after attorney Gregg Zeff filed a tort claim notice on Jan. 22 informing the agency of potential litigation on behalf of Anthony Pasquale.

The tort claim, according to the paper, is copied to the New Jersey State Police, the state park police, and municipal governments of Clayton and several neighboring townships.

According to the paper, "The claim 'is predicated as a result of misconduct, violation of Civil Rights, State protected rights, negligence, infliction of emotional distress, improper training, improper supervision, failure to protect and failure to follow proper laws, regulations and guidelines' related to the search for Autumn and her murder investigation."

The case was transferred to Camden County to avoid a "potential conflict," according to a statement from the Glouster County Prosecutor's office that was obtained by the paper.

Autumn Pasquale, 12, went missing on Oct. 20, 2012, after going for a bike ride in her neighborhood. Forty-eight hours later, police found the teen's body stuffed in a recycling bin, several blocks from her home in Clayton, N.J.

The case has been acrimonious. Autumn Pasquale's divorced parents, Jennifer Cornwell and Anthony Pasquale, are in a court battle over control of a memorial fund and headstone for the girl's grave.

Teen brothers, ages 15 and 17, are charged in the murder. Authorities said the younger boy lured Autumn to their home by promising to trade bicycle parts. The suspects have not been identified because they are juveniles.

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