Camden County authorities charged David “DJ” Creato Jr., 22, with murder for the death of his toddler Brendan in October, when he was found partially submerged in a river near the father’s Haddon Township apartment.
Creato called 911 around 6 a.m. the morning that his son disappeared, saying that the child from a previous relationship had likely unlocked the door and left the house, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
His new 17-year-old girlfriend Julie Spensky, who he met through dating app Tinder in the summer, was said to have a disdain for Brendan. When the child’s body was found, his brain showed signs of “homicidal violence” that could have come from drowning, asphyxiation or blunt force.
Beyond signs of oxygen deprivation found in his brain, a contusion was seen near his clavicle.