Father of Baby Thrown from Arrigioni Bridge to Appear Before Judge

The father accused of throwing his 7-month-old son from a bridge into the Connecticut River and killing him and will appear in court on Tuesday.

Police said Tony Moreno, 21, of Middletown, threw his son, Aaden, off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown before attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge the night of July 5.

Moreno's mother called 911 when she heard a baby cooing and crying while she was on the phone with her son, who was threatening suicide, so officers responded to the Arrigoni Bridge, according to police.

Court paperwork revealed the message Tony Moreno gave his mother:  

"(C)ome down to the Portland bridge and get my phone and the stroller so you have pictures of the baby," he said. "Sorry, just tell everyone I'm sorry."

Around the same time, Moreno allegedly texted Aaden's mother, saying "there was a problem regarding our son."

Another text said, "He's dead... And soon I will be too," the court paperwork says. 

The final two texts were sent at 11:45 p.m., the same time Moreno's mother called 911, according to the warrant for his arrest.

Officers who rushed to the scene arrived moments before Moreno jumped into the river.

Police said he later admitted to throwing Aaden over the railing and Moreno was charged with murder and murder with special circumstances, as well as two counts of violating a restraining order.

According to court paperwork, a restraining order Aaden's mother filed expired six days before Moreno jumped, and a judge denied her request to renew it.

Moreno is being held on $2 million bond. He entered a not guilty plea, according to online court records.

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