Jury deliberations start in Haddon Township father's murder trial

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David Creato appears in court soon after his 2015 arrest for allegedly killing his 3-year-old son Brendan. David Creato appears in court soon after his 2015 arrest for allegedly killing his 3-year-old son Brendan.
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Jurors have ended their deliberations for the day in the murder trial of a Camden County man accused of killing his 3-year-old son because the boy had become an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend.

Defense lawyers had 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 his son wandered away from his Haddon Township home in October 2015. The boy’s body was found hours later in a creek.

The panel got the case late Tuesday, shortly after defense and prosecution lawyers concluded their closing arguments. Jurors deliberated for about 20 minutes before talks ended for the day. 

Deliberations are expected to resume Wednesday.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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