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April 5, 2006 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The mother of one of the boys who suffocated last year in the trunk of a disabled car in Camden has filed a lawsuit accusing the police of botching a massive two-day search for the children. Anibal Cruz, 11, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin "Manny" Pagan, 5, were discovered by Cruz's uncle after he opened the trunk to look for jumper cables. Elba Cruz, who won a court battle with her former husband to handle her son's estate, sued March 24 in state Superior Court in Camden. It could not be determined yesterday evening whether the other two families had sued, but both hired attorneys last year.
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April 25, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The families of three boys found dead in the trunk of a car in Camden in 2005 have reached a $2.25 million settlement with the city. The boys - Anibal Cruz, 11, and Daniel Agosto, 6, of Camden, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, of Mount Ephraim - were reported missing June 22. During a search that involved dozens of officers, helicopters, bloodhounds, and boats, no one checked the trunk of a Toyota Camry in Anibal's Cramer Hill yard, where the boys had...
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July 7, 2005 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The suffocation of three Camden boys in a car trunk last month has spurred a group of South Jersey Assembly members to introduce two measures intended to enhance the safety of car trunks. One bill would require that all cars sold in the state beginning July 2, 2008, include a motion sensor that would activate an interior trunk light and a fresh-air vent. The measure would also require manufacturers, who have provided latches to unlock trunks from inside since 2002, to make those devices iridescent and mark them conspicuously.
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August 14, 2005 | By George Anastasia, Dwight Ott and Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The troubled life of 11-year-old Anibal Cruz led police in several different directions after he and two younger boys were reported missing on June 22, according to investigative reports made public late last week. Investigators scrambled to track witness accounts of abductions, of possible connections with sexual predators, and of sightings in different parts of the city and beyond in the hours after Anibal, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, were reported missing. All proved totally inaccurate.
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June 26, 2005 | By Adam Fifield and Kera Ritter INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The last time neighbors saw Anibal Cruz, he was spraying two friends with a hose in the front yard of his family's house in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. No one noticed when the three playmates climbed later Wednesday into the trunk of a broken-down 1992 Toyota Camry parked in a shaded patch of weeds nearby, police said. The lid then slammed shut because a hydraulic plunger that keeps the trunk from closing was broken. Two days later, an uncle of one of the boys who had driven from Paterson, N.J., to help look for them, wanted to see whether there were any jumper cables in the Camry's trunk.
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August 14, 2005 | By Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Among Cramer Hill residents who would speak yesterday during visits to about a dozen homes, most were critical of efforts to find three boys who were later found dead in a car trunk, calling it indicative of problems plaguing Camden. Others were less harsh, sharing the view that some, including relatives of the boys, were as much to blame for the tragedy. Last week, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office released information about the search for Anibal Cruz, 11, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, who were found dead 48 hours after they disappeared.
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June 28, 2005
Accidents do happen. Some of them are full of fury, sorrow and second-guessing because some of them end with death. The families of three Camden boys surely are feeling profound sadness now as they mourn for their children. The three playmates - Anibal Cruz, 11; Daniel Agosto, 6; and Jesstin Pagan, 5 - were found Friday in a car trunk after disappearing Wednesday. Camden authorities say they've found no signs of foul play. The boys died accidentally, it seems, after they wandered only a short distance from the house where they had last been seen eating Italian ice under a tree, and climbed inside the broken car of one of the children's grandmother.
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August 13, 2005 | By George Anastasia, Dwight Ott and Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A burgundy Toyota Camry was a neighborhood plaything before it became a coffin for three young Camden boys found suffocated in the trunk of the car two months ago, according to investigative reports made public yesterday by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Children and adults, questioned in the aftermath of the tragic deaths, told investigators that one of the victims, Anibal Cruz, 11, frequently played in and around the car with other children. A 9-year-old, questioned by investigators days after Cruz and two younger boys were found dead in the trunk, told of a game called "Monsters" in which she and another girl would hide in the car. Cruz and others would climb over and around it, she said, jumping on the hood and the roof, trying to scare one another.
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June 29, 2005 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Albert Dobbins stood vigil yesterday in the shade of a tree across the street in Camden from where three boys were found dead in the trunk of a broken-down car last week. Like many of those who have been stopping by, he did not know the families. But, like the entire Cramer Hill neighborhood, he was shaken. Dobbins, 59, said he was too grief-stricken to attend funeral services scheduled for 8 tonight at Tabernacle of Faith Church of God in Christ at Fifth and Cooper Streets.
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August 18, 2005 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A panel that examined the way Camden police searched for three boys who ultimately suffocated in the trunk of a car never referred in its report to state-mandated procedures that call for looking, among other places, in car trunks. Police academies around the state have used those procedures since at least January 2002. The procedures recommend that police looking for children of "tender years" begin the search in the children's homes and check confined spaces, including cabinets, closets and car trunks.
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April 25, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The families of three boys found dead in the trunk of a car in Camden in 2005 have reached a $2.25 million settlement with the city. The boys - Anibal Cruz, 11, and Daniel Agosto, 6, of Camden, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, of Mount Ephraim - were reported missing June 22. During a search that involved dozens of officers, helicopters, bloodhounds, and boats, no one checked the trunk of a Toyota Camry in Anibal's Cramer Hill yard, where the boys had...
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December 20, 2007 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A senior Camden police official has filed two lawsuits contending that cronyism and petty politics not only stalled her career but also contributed to the botched 2005 search for three boys who were found suffocated in a car trunk. Cassandra Smith, a 20-year veteran, is one of four deputy chiefs in the city's Police Department and the only woman and only African American in that position. Smith's attorney, William H. Buckman, made the suits pubic after the department suspended her with pay yesterday afternoon on allegations that she took time off without authorization.
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April 5, 2006 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The mother of one of the boys who suffocated last year in the trunk of a disabled car in Camden has filed a lawsuit accusing the police of botching a massive two-day search for the children. Anibal Cruz, 11, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin "Manny" Pagan, 5, were discovered by Cruz's uncle after he opened the trunk to look for jumper cables. Elba Cruz, who won a court battle with her former husband to handle her son's estate, sued March 24 in state Superior Court in Camden. It could not be determined yesterday evening whether the other two families had sued, but both hired attorneys last year.
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August 18, 2005 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A panel that examined the way Camden police searched for three boys who ultimately suffocated in the trunk of a car never referred in its report to state-mandated procedures that call for looking, among other places, in car trunks. Police academies around the state have used those procedures since at least January 2002. The procedures recommend that police looking for children of "tender years" begin the search in the children's homes and check confined spaces, including cabinets, closets and car trunks.
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August 14, 2005 | By Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Among Cramer Hill residents who would speak yesterday during visits to about a dozen homes, most were critical of efforts to find three boys who were later found dead in a car trunk, calling it indicative of problems plaguing Camden. Others were less harsh, sharing the view that some, including relatives of the boys, were as much to blame for the tragedy. Last week, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office released information about the search for Anibal Cruz, 11, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, who were found dead 48 hours after they disappeared.
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August 14, 2005 | By George Anastasia, Dwight Ott and Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The troubled life of 11-year-old Anibal Cruz led police in several different directions after he and two younger boys were reported missing on June 22, according to investigative reports made public late last week. Investigators scrambled to track witness accounts of abductions, of possible connections with sexual predators, and of sightings in different parts of the city and beyond in the hours after Anibal, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, were reported missing. All proved totally inaccurate.
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August 13, 2005 | By George Anastasia, Dwight Ott and Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A burgundy Toyota Camry was a neighborhood plaything before it became a coffin for three young Camden boys found suffocated in the trunk of the car two months ago, according to investigative reports made public yesterday by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Children and adults, questioned in the aftermath of the tragic deaths, told investigators that one of the victims, Anibal Cruz, 11, frequently played in and around the car with other children. A 9-year-old, questioned by investigators days after Cruz and two younger boys were found dead in the trunk, told of a game called "Monsters" in which she and another girl would hide in the car. Cruz and others would climb over and around it, she said, jumping on the hood and the roof, trying to scare one another.
NEWS
August 8, 2005
A SPECIAL REPORT last week laid out many mistakes made during the search for the three missing little boys in Camden that ended so tragically in June. And the three-member review panel appointed by Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi also faulted the children's families for waiting three hours to call 911, instead of searching for the kids on their own. But the Camden police were so breathtakingly incompetent, how would giving them three more hours to blunder have helped?
NEWS
August 4, 2005
Anibal, Daniel and Jesstin have been betrayed in death as they were in life. A just-released report into the June deaths of three Camden boys in a car trunk is itself another failure. The boys disappeared on June 22 after they crawled into the trunk of an unused car through fold-down back seats. No one opened the trunk until nearly 50 hours later, when a relative found the boys' bodies inside. So many failures - and so few public servants willing to take responsibility for them.
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July 7, 2005 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The suffocation of three Camden boys in a car trunk last month has spurred a group of South Jersey Assembly members to introduce two measures intended to enhance the safety of car trunks. One bill would require that all cars sold in the state beginning July 2, 2008, include a motion sensor that would activate an interior trunk light and a fresh-air vent. The measure would also require manufacturers, who have provided latches to unlock trunks from inside since 2002, to make those devices iridescent and mark them conspicuously.
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