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BRENDAN CREATO: State of NJ vs. David Creato for murder of son to keep girlfriend *GUILTY PLEA*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Haddon Township To Honor The Life Of Brendan Creato

    An honor will be placed in memory of 3-year-old Brendan Creato in Haddon Township.

    Officials announced that a bench and a plaque will be dedicated to his memory on December 4. Trees will also be planted near the spot where Creato’s body was found.

    “This will be a lasting memorial to young Brendan here in Cooper River Park,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash. “Visitors to the park can stop at this bench to reflect on this young life.”


  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial for dad accused of killing 3-year-old son delayed again

    A judge has once again delayed the murder trial of a New Jersey father accused of killing his 3-year-old son because he allegedly was an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend.

    David Creato Jr.'s trial was scheduled to start Monday. But it was rescheduled for April 10 after Creato's attorney said a pathologist he consulted with hasn't completed his report.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Memorial to Brendan Creato removed ahead of father's trial

    A memorial to a 3-year-old found dead in a wooded park in New Jersey was removed over the weekend ahead of his father's murder trial set to begin this week.

    The shrine on a tree that included images of Brendan Creato and stuffed animals, candles, ribbons and a small Christmas stocking was removed over the weekend before a jury is chosen starting Tuesday in David Creato Jr.'s trial, the Courier-Post reported.

    The jury is expected to visit the park where the boy's body was found in a stream. Creato's attorney expressed concern over the possible impact of the memorial on the jury.

    Judge John Kelley has given tentative approval for the walk through the park, pending a final review of logistics.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mom recorded dad accused of murder giving 'odd, unexplainable' reason for boy's death

    The last time Samantha Denoto saw her son Brendan, 3, she handed his father, David "D.J." Creato Jr., a money order to put in the boy's backpack to pay for preschool the next day.

    She testified in Camden County Superior Court Thursday that she said goodbye to her son, who was staying at his dad's that night, and went to get pizza with her boyfriend.

    But Brendan Creato never went to preschool the next day. He never put on the clothes that had been set out for his first day back after Columbus Day weekend in 2015.

    He was instead found dead in Cooper River Park, about three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment.

    During that talk, she said, Creato repeated what he had said before about Brendan's disappearance: That the door was locked, he put his son to sleep on the couch in the living room and went to bed himself, only to find in the morning that the door was unlocked and Brendan was gone.

    But towards the end of the conversation, when they talked about what else might have happened, he surprised her.

    "He told me that maybe the spirits told him to walk down to the woods, which is," she paused and searched for the words, "completely odd and unexplainable. It's not logical."

    She said Creato told her that the place where Brendan's body was found was a "sacred, spiritual spot."

    It was a "very unusual" statement, she testified, but Creato had during their seven year relationship occasionally made statements about "feeling" and seeing spirits.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Medical examiner at dad's murder trial defends cause of death ruling for toddler

    The medical examiner who performed the first of three autopsies on 3-year-old Brendan Creato testified Wednesday that the boy's body had no fresh signs of trauma but several signs of oxygen deprivation.

    Dr. Gerald "Buck" Feigin and two other medical examiners who examined the body were unable to say exactly what killed Brendan. They did conclude, however, that he died of "homicidal violence of undetermined etiology."

    On the stand Wednesday during the sixth day of Creato's trial, Feigin testified that the cause of death could have been drowning, asphyxiation and blunt-force trauma to the neck, possibly including strangulation.

    He noted in his autopsy report that because Brendan's socks were clean it is clear he "had not gone there of his own power" and was put there.

    No trauma was visible on his body, he said, other than a pair of bruises on the boy's chest near his clavicle.

    Creato's attorney, Richard J. Fuschino Jr., pulled no punches in his cross-examination of Feigin.

    In the past, he and several other forensic scientists have questioned why Feigin did not go to the crime scene himself and take control of the collection of evidence.

    Fuschino made sure to point out that Feigin's medical investigators -- which he trusted to go to the scene in his place -- have recently taken heat for leaving a severed hand behind at a fatal accident scene for the family to discover two days later.

    Fuschino also pointed out that Feigin's cause of death conclusion was a "determination of exclusion" and based largely on the circumstances of how Brendan's body was found, rather than findings during the autopsy.

    The medical examiner said he never swabbed to see if there was evidence of a sexual assault because he saw no physical signs of an assault. He said he didn't look for DNA on the boy, including under his fingernails, and ran a limited toxicology test instead of one described as comprehensive.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Autopsies, Texts Between Lovers Discussed In Day 8 Of Creato Trial

    The stormy relationship between murder defendant David Creato and his girlfriend was played out to a jury through text messages the pair exchanged before Creato’s son, Brendan, was found dead in Cooper River Park more than a year and a half ago.

    In one conversation she challenged him on who was most important.

    “He’s your number one priority right?” Stensky asked DJ.

    “And you too,” replied DJ.

    “You can’t have both it doesn’t work like that” said Stenksy.

    “Yea you can both be in my life but you can’t make me choose,” replied Creato.

    Creato repeatedly told Stensky he would never cut his son out of his life, but the week before Brendan died DJ said he violently threw up because Stensky was seriously considering breaking up.

    Prosecutors point to the following exchange as evidence Creato was willing to do anything, even kill his son, to keep Stensky.

    “Yes we can all get what we want,” said Creato.

    “Ok well I want you not to have a kid in your life. Do I get that? Or no?” asked Stensky.

    “U can always get what you want in the future not past,” replied Creato.

    Earlier today, New Jersey Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Falzon talked about the third and final autopsy he performed on the boy.

    Falzon said he found a bite mark inside the child’s mouth, something the other two examinations missed.

    Proceedings will resume next week, given a schedule issued by Judge John Kelley at the beginning of this trial.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Did toddler walk to where he was found dead? Here's the route (VIDEO)

    Jurors have seen and heard a lot of evidence in the eight days of the murder trial of David "D.J." Creato Jr., 23, who is accused of killing his 3-year-old son, Brendan.

    But it seems like few pieces of evidence will be more important than the boy's clean, grey and green socks, held up by a detective on the witness stand May 3. Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah told jurors that since the boy wasn't wearing shoes, there's no way he could have clean socks if he walked the route from his father's home at 103 Cooper Street to the creek in Cooper River Park where he was found Oct. 13, 2015.

    When Creato called 911 to report his son was missing when he woke up, Creato said he locked his door and that his son might have opened it and walked out. Hours later his body was found near the creek.

    VIDEO AT LINK - http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/05/did_toddler_walk_to_where_he_was_found_dead_heres.html
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Confident that Creato will be acquitted in 3-year-old son's murder, defense presents case in 20 minutes

    The attorney for David “D.J.” Creato Jr. asked a judge to dismiss the murder charge against his client Wednesday, saying the prosecution had presented no evidence linking Creato to his 3-year-old son’s death in 2015 in Haddon Township.

    “They have put on no evidence to say that Brendan Creato was killed, or that D.J. Creato was the person who killed him,” Richard J. Fuschino Jr. said.

    Judge John T. Kelley denied Fuschino’s request, saying prosecutors had showed motive and enough evidence for jurors to decide whether Creato is guilty.

    Closing statements and jury deliberation are scheduled for next week.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I was afraid of this...

    David Creato jury having trouble reaching verdict, judge told

    Jurors in the trial of a New Jersey man accused of killing his son told the judge on Tuesday afternoon they are having trouble reaching a verdict.

    The judge then told the jury to go home for the day and resume deliberations on Wednesday.

    "It is your duty as jurors to consult with one another and to deliberate with a view of reaching an agreement," said Judge John Kelly. "Each of you must decide the case for yourselves."

    The case against Creato was circumstantial. There were no witnesses, DNA, or surveillance video to connect him to the crime.

  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    Prosecution messed this one up.

    Creato case ends in mistrial after jurors can't agree whether father killed son

    Prosecutors plan to retry the case against David “D.J.” Creato Jr. after jurors could not agree whether Creato killed his 3-year-old son, Brendan, in 2015, and the judge declared a mistrial Wednesday.

    “Obviously, you try the case a second time. This is not something that you can let go,” said former Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk, who left office in 2014. “The little boy, the victim, his mother, and the family deserve justice, and that requires that the case be retried before a different jury.”

    But Creato’s attorney, Richard J. Fuschino Jr., said outside the courthouse Wednesday that he now has the advantage of seeing how the prosecution presented the case, which took nearly 10 days. Fuschino presented his defense in 20 minutes.

    Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Christine Shah, who tried the case, declined to comment Wednesday. Her office released a brief statement saying it “ intends to retry this case,” but did not specify whether Creato would face the same charges: murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

    “The nature of a hung jury suggests that they can’t prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Fuschino said. “So that’s why I think that very well-intentioned people disagree on this, but 12 people couldn’t say guilty.”

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'I just don't feel justice was served': Creato jurors speak about mistrial

    Ten of 12 jurors believed prosecutors had proven that David “D.J.” Creato Jr. killed his 3-year-old son, Brendan, but the remaining jurors didn’t think there was enough evidence — leading to last week’s mistrial — according to four jurors who spoke to the Inquirer and Daily News.

    The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office has said it plans to retry the case. The office declined to comment Wednesday. Fuschino did not return calls.

    A hearing is scheduled for July 5 to determine a new trial date. Creato remains in the Camden County Jail with bail set at $750,000.

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  14. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    David Creato Jr. pleads guilty in death of his 3-year-old son, Brendan Creato
    Updated 21 mins ago
    CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) --
    Action News has confirmed that David Creato, Jr. of New Jersey has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of his young son back in 2015.

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Creato pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of first degree Aggravated Manslaughter.

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    David Creato Jr. Pleads Guilty to Killing Son – August 23, 2017 - Office of the Prosecutor Camden...
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    "Creato stated under oath that he recklessly caused his son's death under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life by depriving Brendan of oxygen on October 13, 2015," the prosecutor said in a statement.

    In exchange for pleading guilty, Creato will serve ten years behind bars. He will be required to serve at least 8 years and 6 months of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

    Brendan Creato's mother, Samantha Denoto, and other family members who attended the lengthy trial, were present in court for the plea.

    Creato will be sentenced on September 29, 2017.


    David Creato's previous murder trial ended with a hung jury back in late May, and a new trial had been set to begin on September 11.

    The guilty plea means Creato will not have to sit through another trial.

    Creato was charged with killing 3-year-old Brendan Creato in Haddon Township in October, 2015.

    Brendan's pajama-clad body was found in a wooded area near Creato's Haddon Township home.


    Brendan Creato

    Creato always maintained the child wandered away, but prosecutors disputed that claim.

    During the trial they pointed out Brendan's socks were clean, which they said would be impossible if he had wandered away from home and into the woods.

    Prosecutors had maintained Creato killed his son because he feared his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was away at college, was going to leave him. She had made it clear she didn't want to be around his child and wanted him to give up custody.

    The couple has since broken up.


    Listen to the 911 call made in the Brendan Creato case.

    The case against Creato was always considered circumstantial.

    There were no witnesses, DNA, or surveillance video to connect him to the death.

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  15. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Man pleads guilty to killing 3-year-old son to save relationship with teen girlfriend

    by: Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Aug 24, 2017 - 1:53 PM

    CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey man admitted on Wednesday that he killed his 3-year-old son in 2015 to save his romantic relationship with his teenage girlfriend.

    David Creato Jr., 24, of Haddon Township, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the October 2015 death of Brendan Creato. A statement by the Office of the Camden County Prosecutor said that, under the plea agreement, Creato will be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    “Creato stated under oath that he recklessly caused his son’s death under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life by depriving Brendan of oxygen on Oct. 13, 2015,” prosecutors said in the statement.

    Creato will be required to serve at least eight and a half years of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 29.

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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    What a sorry piece of trash.
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  17. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    lt will be interesting to see if Brendan Creato’s mother, Samantha makes a victim impact statement.
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  18. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    I have difficulty reading this thread.
    What a precious little toddler.
    He77 is too good for this POS.
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