Challenge Alert

Lock in $15,000 with your donation by 6:30 p.m.

Donate now

Jury deliberations start in New Jersey father’s murder trial

 David Creato appears in court Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Camden, NJ. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool)

David Creato appears in court Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Camden, NJ. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool)

Jury deliberations have started in the murder trial of a New Jersey man accused of killing his 3-year-old son because the boy had become an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend.

The panel got the case late Tuesday, shortly after defense and prosecution lawyers concluded their closing arguments.

Defense lawyers told jurors that prosecutors failed to show 23-year-old David Creato was guilty. But prosecutors noted that Creato was the only person with Brendan Creato the night the boy disappeared. They say it wouldn’t take much to smother a sleeping child.

Creato maintains Brendan wandered away from his Haddon Township home in October 2015. The boy’s body was found hours later in a creek.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.