Haddon dad charged with murder in October death of 3-year-old

 Officials gather near a small apartment building where 3-year-old  Brendan Creato was reported missing and found dead three hours later in woods several blocks from the home in October in Haddon Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Officials gather near a small apartment building where 3-year-old Brendan Creato was reported missing and found dead three hours later in woods several blocks from the home in October in Haddon Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A South Jersey man is  is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old son  who was found dead in a wooded area near his Haddon Township home in October.

Brendan Creato’s body was discovered by a police dog on Oct. 13 just before 9 a.m., roughly three hours after his father, David Creato Jr.,  called police to report the boy missing.

The announcement of the charges handed down Monday by a Camden County grand jury did not disclose how investigators believe Creato killed his son. Authorities had previously said that an autopsy of the boy’s body was inconclusive.

Police arrested Creato in Washington Township around 2:15 p.m. on Monday and are holding him at the Camden County Jail.

His arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Camden County Hall of Justice.

Creato is also being charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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