HADDON TOWNSHIP - The father of a missing 3-year-old boy who was found dead in Camden County has been indicted.

David Creato Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of his son Brendan Creato. He was taken into custody Monday afternoon.

Brendan Creato was reported missing from his Haddon Township home by his father on the morning of Oct. 13. David Creato told a 911 operator that he woke up around 6 a.m. and discovered the boy was gone. After a large-scale search, Brendan’s body was found three hours later about a half-mile away in a wooded area.

A preliminary autopsy was inconclusive for the cause of the boy’s death and toxicology reports came back negative for drugs and other chemicals.

The cause of Brendan’s death has not been released by authorities.

David Creato is expected to be arraigned at the Camden County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.