HADDON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A bench and three trees in a park in New Jersey have been dedicated to the memory of a 3-year-old who police say was killed by his father.
Family and friends gathered in Cooper River Park in Haddon Township Sunday near where Brendan Creato’s body was found in October 2015. Officials said Brendan suffered “homicidal violence.”
Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash says that the bench will be a place people can remember the boy described as an old soul with positive energy by his mother.
NJPEN reports at the base of the tree were lyrics from the song "Lost Boy" by Ruth B.
“Captain Hook you are my/perfect story book/Neverland I love you so/you are now my sweet home,” the plaque reads.
Prosecutors say the boy was killed by David Creato, 23, because his 17-year-old girlfriend resented dealing with the child's mother. Creato and the child's mother shared custody of the toddler.
The girlfriend had gone away to college and allegedly felt Creato's time with his son impacted how much they were able to see each other.
Prosecutors say the teenager had threatened to break up with Creato multiple times.
Creato's attorney, Richard Fuschino Jr., said the prosecution's case was "weak" and circumstantial."
He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled for next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.