Camden Settles $2.25M Suit Over 3 Boys Found Dead Inside Car Trunk

Rossetti said the cop who started to search the Camry had actually told her supervisors that the car had been searched even though she never finished searching the car, and that two command centers set up by police during the search gave conflicting orders over whether or not to even search the car in the first place.

"This has to do with training and a lack of diligence, you're a professional and have to take the job seriously," Rossetti said.

Camden City Attorney Howard McCoach told ABC News the settlement was not at all indicative that the city or police force took any blame for the tragic outcome.

"You can't troll anything from the settlement. The decision to settle was with the city's insurance company, Meadowbrook Insurance," McCoach said.

Camden Police Admit No Wrongdoing in Failing to Find Missing Children

The city is liable for the first $300,000 of any litigation, McCoach said, and once that amount is exceeded Meadowbrook takes over and in this instance McCoach said he assumes the insurance company decided it was better to settle while giving no admissions of liability or guilt.

"There are no admissions in this case that we did anything wrong," McCoach said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has trained over 260,000 police officers and officials over the last 25 years in how to properly search for missing children and the Camden Police Department has not participated, center spokesman Ernie Allen said.

According to Allen training in how to extensively and systematically break down a search for missing children is the most important factor when time is essential. He said the Camden police acted aggressively in their search.

"I remember this case very well, and how horrible it was. And the other thing I remember was the Camden police took this case really seriously," Allen said. "They devoted an extraordinary amount of effort to find these children."

"I hear from police all over America all of the time, it doesn't matter how aggressive you are, how hard you try, if you don't find the children, you fail," Allen added.

"Clearly, somebody should have looked in the trunk. That goes without saying," he said.

Allen worries that the settlement could make police departments leery of searching for children. If they search and fail, they could be sued, but if they argue that searching for children isn't their job, there is no liability.

"Anytime there are these kinds of settlements in these cases, one of the things you worry about is that it makes police departments less willing to be aggressive because of fear of civil liability if it doesn't turn out well," he said.

Rather than impact the effort put forth by police in these cases, Allen hopes that police use this case as an example of the importance of proper training.

"Our hope is not just Camden, but police departments across the U.S. will learn from it," Allen said.

Both attorney's say the families do take some responsibility for what happened. They knew the boys had played in the car on prior occasions, but were so panicked and distraught they never thought of it, which according to the lawyers is exactly why police should be extensively trained in how to handle the search and the families involved are needed.

"The parents panicked, they were completely out of it. They called the police because they are the professionals," Rossetti said.

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