Autumn’s Law Seeks to Hold Parents Criminally Accountable for Ki - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Autumn’s Law Seeks to Hold Parents Criminally Accountable for Kid’s Actions

Posted: Updated:
Woodbridge, New Jersey (My9NJ) - It’s been almost 18 months since 12 year-old Autumn Pasquale was murdered by her 15 year-old neighbor, Justin Robinson. Since then the Pasquale family has been trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild their life.

Autumn’s Dad Anthony Pasquale is now pushing to pass ‘Autumn’s Law’, this law would hold parents criminally responsible in certain circumstances for the actions of their children.

“If Justin’s parents were to be responsible parents and not be neglectful as far as raising their kids, I think today Autumn would still be alive with us,” Pasquale explained.

Justin Robinson is now serving 17 years in prison but the Attorney for the Pasquale family, Doug Long said that’s not enough. He feels that if there is any indication that a child is going down the wrong path, then parents should be held accountable. Long said in this case, all the signs were there.

“Exactly what he witnessed from his father, choking his mother out is how he murdered Autumn. He showed an increased propensity for criminal activity. Not once did he seek out any of the services that the school, the town, the county, the state might have for Justin,” Long said.

If Autumns Law is passed, parents could actually do jail-time for their children’s actions if they didn’t do everything in their power to intervene and prevent criminal behavior.

Autumn’s Law is currently being considered by legislators. Meanwhile Anthony Pasquale continues what he calls his mission to make sure no other families have to deal with this type of pain.


Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Christmas Craze Coming to NJ Early This Year

    Christmas Craze Coming to NJ Early This Year

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:22:41 GMT
    It's only September, but the big box stores are already putting Christmas trees and apparel out on the shelves and some people say it's just too early for all that stuff!  “I just saw Christmas trees and Christmas decorations and my air conditioner is on at home. So I have no intention of going anywhere near them, I think it's a horrible idea,” one customer said.
    It's only September, but the big box stores are already putting Christmas trees and apparel out on the shelves and some people say it's just too early for all that stuff!  “I just saw Christmas trees and Christmas decorations and my air conditioner is on at home. So I have no intention of going anywhere near them, I think it's a horrible idea,” one customer said.
  • Video Surfaces Of Irate Jersey City Staffer Confronting Residents About Litter

    Video Surfaces Of Irate Jersey City Staffer Confronting Residents About Litter

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:17:31 GMT
    A viral video has surfaced that shows Jersey City, City Hall employee Brooke Hansson going on a vulgar rant about litter on the streets. In the video you see Hansson yelling directly at people to clean up their mess. “Tell me what the f*** this is. Clean up your f****** garbage. Self-respect! Do not live in garbage," she screams at people on the street. Hansson reportedly works on Mayor Fulop's “Stop the Drop” anti-litter campaign.
    A viral video has surfaced that shows Jersey City, City Hall employee Brooke Hansson going on a vulgar rant about litter on the streets. In the video you see Hansson yelling directly at people to clean up their mess. “Tell me what the f*** this is. Clean up your f****** garbage. Self-respect! Do not live in garbage," she screams at people on the street. Hansson reportedly works on Mayor Fulop's “Stop the Drop” anti-litter campaign.
  • Exchange Student Rejected By Public H.S. Offered Spot At Top NJ Private School

    Exchange Student Rejected By Public H.S. Offered Spot At Top NJ Private School

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:16:05 GMT
    17-year-old Netherlands resident Thomas Van Uggelen traveled over 4,600 miles by air to attend school in New Jersey, only to get rejected once he arrived in the Garden State. “I didn't expect this at all. I know a few other exchange students and everything was going well with them and then I had all of this,” he said. Van Uggelen planned to leave his home country for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a public high school student in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
    17-year-old Netherlands resident Thomas Van Uggelen traveled over 4,600 miles by air to attend school in New Jersey, only to get rejected once he arrived in the Garden State. “I didn't expect this at all. I know a few other exchange students and everything was going well with them and then I had all of this,” he said. Van Uggelen planned to leave his home country for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a public high school student in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices