Prosecutors in the Etan Patz murder trial rested their case Friday after showing jurors dramatic pictures of a staged demonstration of the way they believe defendant Pedro Hernandez stuffed the body of the 6-year-old into a banana box in 1979.

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Michele Slone said she re-created a piece of Hernandez's disputed confession by having a 48-inch, 45-pound child volunteer similar in size to Etan squish facedown into a Chiquita box lined with a black garbage bag.

Slone told prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon that the child -- called "Little C" -- fit "neatly" into the box, and did not report any difficulty. But on cross-examination she was asked if she also tested Hernandez's claim that he carried the 50-pound box on his shoulder 11/2 blocks to an alley.

"No," she answered.

Hernandez, 53, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, told police in 2012 that as a teen working in a SoHo bodega in 1979, he lured Etan into the basement, strangled him, and disposed of the body in a produce box. The defense claims he fantasized the crime due to a mental disorder.

Defense lawyer Harvey Fishbein said he may call Hernandez's wife and 25-year-old daughter to begin his case on Monday, along with a psychiatrist. The defense also plans to try to implicate a convicted pedophile whom police long suspected.

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The defense moved to dismiss murder charges on Friday after prosecutors rested, arguing there was no independent evidence that Etan, who vanished on his way to catch a school bus, was a victim of foul play.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Maxwell Wiley, as expected, denied the request, but the motion highlighted one of the key issues in the case -- prosecutors' central evidence is Hernandez's confession, and New York law requires "additional proof" beyond a confession that a crime was actually committed.

Illuzzi-Orbon said Hernandez's 2012 confession was bolstered with similar admissions he made on five other occasions dating to 1979, and by proof that he was working at a SoHo bodega next to Etan's school bus stop on the day he disappeared.

But Fishbein said a confession could not be corroborated by other confessions.

He also said that in the absence of a body, there was as much evidence that Etan wandered off and fell into the Hudson River as there was that he was murdered.