Tony Moreno, the father who allegedly tossed his 7-month-old son Aaden off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown, Connecticut, has been charged with murder in connection with the boy’s death, police said in a press conference Wednesday.
The 21-year-old called his mother just before midnight on Sunday threatening to take his own life, Fox News reports. She heard a baby crying in the background and immediately dialed 911.
Police arrived on the scene after Moreno jumped and reportedly found him treading water. He was airlifted to Harford Hospital for treatment.
But baby Aaden was not so lucky. Police searched for him for two days before a kayaker came across his body on Tuesday.
The discovery came after it was revealed earlier on Tuesday that Aaden’s mother Adrianne Oyola had previously sought a restraining order against Moreno because she believed he posed a threat to the child. She was granted a temporary order, but not a permanent one. It is unclear why her request was denied.
In the application requesting the restraining order, Oyola wrote that Moreno told her “he could make my son disappear any time of the day,” she said, according to The Hartford Courant. “He told me how he could make me disappear, told me how he could kill me.”
She continued: “I feel that he is a danger to my child and me and would like to leave with my child and get full custody.”
Authorities charged Moreno with murder and murder with special circumstances on Wednesday morning. He was served with the warrant at the hospital where he is recovering from his injuries.
He was also arrested on two counts of violating a protective order, one for Aaden, the other for his mother, stemming from a June 25 warrant.
He is being held on a $2 million bond. He has not yet entered a plea.
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