Despite the tragic death of their 12-year-old daughter, Autumn Pasquale's parents have not yet been able to put aside their differences for the greater good. As it stands, the parents in question, Jennifer Cornwell and Anthony Pasquale, are heading to court to fight over the $100,000 raised following Autumn’s death.
Last October, Autumn went for a bike ride and never came home. Nearly 200 officers and hundreds of volunteers searched for the missing girl for two days; her body was eventually found stuffed in a recycling bin a few blocks away from her home in Clayton, New Jersey.
Following her death, the community donated money for a reward in the case of an arrest, her funeral and other various purposes. In all, the donations totaled over $100,000.
Two brothers, Dante, 17, and Justin Robinson, 15, were arrested and charged with murder shortly after Autumn’s body was found.
The parents, as if the murder of their daughter was not taxing enough, are now fighting over who should control the money. In the lawsuit, Cornwell accuses Pasquale of taking her name off their daughter’s memorial fund, which gave him exclusive access to the money. She also charges that Pasquale will not consult with her regarding the wording of Autumn’s headstone.
The couple split in 2002, when their children were 4, 3, and 1 and officially divorced in 2005. The kids reportedly spent most of their time with the father following the divorce.
In addition to the $100,000 dispute, Pasquale has accused his wife of taking items left at a funeral home for Autumn as well as withholding over $15,000 that was raised at a concert in December for Autumn. The parents have also been unable to decide on a lawyer to represent Autumn in the criminal case against the brothers charged with her murder.
The criminal case will not be made public, but given the cast of characters involved, it's probably a safe bet that word about the proceedings will leak out anyway.