Memorial to slain child removed ahead of father's trial

A memorial to 3-year-old Brendan Creato, who was found dead in a wooded park in New Jersey, has been removed ahead of his father's murder trial.

A memorial to 3-year-old Brendan Creato, who was found dead in a wooded park in New Jersey, has been removed ahead of his father's murder trial. (4/17/17)

HADDON TOWNSHIP (AP) - A memorial to a 3-year-old found dead in a wooded park in New Jersey has been removed ahead of his father's murder trial.

The shrine on a tree for Brendan Creato was removed over the weekend.

A jury is scheduled to be chosen on Tuesday in David Creato Jr.'s trial. Creato has pleaded not guilty to murder and child endangerment charges after investigators accused him of killing the boy because he was an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend.

The 23-year-old Haddon Township man allegedly killed Brendan in October 2015 and then reported him missing

The jury is expected to visit the park during the trial. Creato's attorney expressed concern over the possible impact of the memorial on the jury.

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