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Mother Of Avonte Oquendo Has Filed Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against The City

Avonte Oquendo had been missing since Oct. 4, 2013. The medical examiner's office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River are a DNA match. (credit: Handout)

Avonte Oquendo had been missing since Oct. 4, 2013. The medical examiner’s office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River are a DNA match. (credit: Handout)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The mother of an autistic teenager who disappeared from his school and was later found dead has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

The Daily News says the lawsuit was filed last week in Queens Supreme Court. It accuses the city, the Department of Education, NYPD and numerous individuals of negligence for allowing the 14-year-old boy to leave the school.

Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his Queens school on Oct. 4, setting off a massive search that included extensive searches of subway tunnels and regular announcements over the public-address system at subway stations.

His remains were found in the East River in January, several miles from where he vanished.

A city Law Department spokesman said the lawsuit was under review.

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