David Creato trial jurors visit spot where son Brendan's body found

HADDON TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- Jurors in the murder trial of David "D.J." Creato, Jr. were led out of the courtroom and to a park in Camden County on Thursday.

They visited the spot where Creato's 3-year-old-son, Brendan, was found dead in 2015.

Creato is on trial for the child's murder.

The media was not permitted to photograph the jurors' visit to Cooper River Park in Haddon Township.

In testimony Thursday the lead crime scene investigator for the prosecutor's office, Nick Villanova, described how the boy was found.

"His head was partially submerged in the water on his left side. His arms were bent in the water with his palms up," Villanova said.

VIDEO: Police video shows D.J. Creato learning son's body found
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Jurors watch video of DJ Creato: Katherine Scott reports during Action News at noon on April 26.

D.J. Creato allegedly committed the crime because the child was interfering with his relationship with his then-teenage girlfriend.

Creato sat silently as detectives displayed crime scene photos and the red slipper used to help a scent dog search for the child, who was reported missing the morning of October 13, 2015.

"Approximately 20 feet after turning left I saw Brendan's body, chest down in the water," said Sgt. John Quigley of DRPA Police.

At some point after the murder, D.J. Creato suggested his son may have walked the half mile to the park on his own, but when he was found his socks were clean.

Investigators had a three-year-old child replicate that walk and showed what those socks look like.

Villanova testified that those socks were dirty, wet and frayed.

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