MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man whose infant son was found dead in the Connecticut River admitted tossing the boy from a bridge before jumping into the water below, police said Wednesday.
Tony Moreno was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno. The boy’s body was pulled from the river on Tuesday night.
Moreno exchanged angry text messages with the infant’s increasingly frantic mother in the minutes before he jumped on Sunday near midnight, according to court filings. “Enjoy your new life without us,” Moreno wrote before texting, “He’s dead.”
Moreno, 21, was arraigned at Hartford Hospital, where he was treated after firefighters rescued him. His bail was set at $2 million. Moreno’s public defender did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Police went to the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown on Sunday night after Moreno’s mother called 911 to report that her son had called her from the bridge with his son and said he was going to jump. After officers arrived, they saw Moreno jump and found an empty baby stroller, but did not see the infant.
The body of Aaden Moreno was found days later near a bridge in East Haddam, south of the bridge, after an extensive search involving dive teams and helicopters.
Police said Moreno confessed on Monday after initially refusing to speak with a detective. But after the officer said police needed help finding the boy to give him a proper funeral, Moreno nodded yes when asked if he dropped his son and started to cry, according to police documents.
The officer said he used a basketball analogy to ask how far the boy was thrown from the bridge’s railing.
“Tony said that it was more like a free throw distance from the railing,” the officer said.