A 21-year-old Connecticut man who jumped off a bridge holding his baby son is in critical condition and the infant is unlikely to have survived.
Police said that Tony Moreno, 21, was suicidal and jumped off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown, Connecticut, on Sunday night. He took his seven-month-old baby son Aaden Moreno over the ledge with him.
Moreno survived the jump and was taken to the hospital. His son, however, was not so lucky and police said that it is now a recovery mission for little Aaden’s body, who disappeared in the Connecticut River. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A 21-year-old Connecticut man jumped off a bridge holding his baby son (pictured) (photo: state police).
The baby’s mother, Adrianne Oyola, 19, alleged in a restraining order application in June that Tony Moreno hit her and told her that he could make the baby “disappear”.
Her complaint alleges that she had lived with Moreno for two years and they were happy until she became pregnant. He called her “ugly” and “stupid”, Oyola alleges, and pushed and “forcefully poked” her chest.
When Oyola told Moreno to stop hitting her, his reply was:
If you want me to show you hitting I could show you.
2. Moreno survived the jump and was taken to the hospital. His son, however, was not so lucky and police said that it is now a recovery mission for little Aaden’s body (photo: WFSB / state police).
He has told me I cannot take my son without his approval. I can’t bring him around my family without his approval but he could do anything he wants without letting me know. I fear for mine and my child’s safety. He could hurt my child.
Records show that a temporary restraining order was issued on June 17.
Then on Sunday at around 11:45 p.m., police in Middletown, Connecticut, received a call that Moreno was on the Arrigoni Bridge and threatening to commit suicide.
Two officers who responded did not see a baby with Moreno on the bridge, but witnesses told them that they saw the man holding an infant.
After Moreno jumped into the Connecticut River, firefighters pulled him out.
3. A vigil was held on Monday, which drew friends and neighbors who said prayers and lit candles in remembrance of the short life of Aaden.
Adrianne Oyola had requested full custody of their child, saying that she feared for their safety. However, her request was denied on June 29 by Judge Barry Pinkus in Middletown. No specific reason for the denial was given. Oyola wrote in her application:
I feel that he is a danger to my child and me… He wanted to give up all rights to his child. Tells the baby this everyday multiple times a day.
I’m afraid he’s going to do something to my son. He is angry and probably isn’t thinking straight. He has told me he could make my son disapear [sic] anytime of the day.
He told me how he could make me disapear [sic] told me how he could kill me. I sometimes am scared to sleep. He told me he would put in the ground and put something on me to make me disinigrate [sic] faster.
A vigil was held on Monday, which drew friends and neighbors who said prayers and lit candles in remembrance of the short life of Aaden. Another vigil is planned this week.
4. Divers search for the infant after his father grabs him and leaps from a bridge.
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