December 03, 2016
Family, local officials and clergy will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday to dedicate a bench and plaque in the memory of a tot, Brendan Creato.
The bench, set on a concrete pad, flanked by just-planted birch trees, is not far from where the three-year-old Haddon Township boy’s body was discovered on the morning of Oct. 13, 2015, near South Park Boulevard and Saginaw Avenue in Cooper River Park.
That’s about half a mile from where the boy lived in an apartment with his dad, David “DJ” Creato.
Following a three-month investigation, the boy’s father was arrested and charged with murdering his child.
DJ Creato has been held since in the Camden County jail. His homicide trial is set for Jan. 9, when jury selection should begin.
The plaque anchored in the cement slab beneath the bench is both subtle and poignant.
“Captain Hook you are my perfect storybook, Neverland I love you so, you are now my home sweet home.”
Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, who serves as liaison to the county parks, said in a prepared statement, “This will be a lasting memorial to young Brendan here in Cooper River Park. Visitors to the park can stop at this bench to reflect on this young life.”