( 4UMF NEWS ) 7-Month-Old Body Found In River After Father Tossed Baby Over Bridge:
An unhinged Connecticut father who allegedly threatened to “make my son disappear any time of the day,” according to court documents seeking a restraining order, made good on the threat.
The body of a 7-month-old boy was found in the Connecticut River on Tuesday, two days after his despondent dad tossed the infant off a bridge and then jumped himself, police said.
Tony Moreno, 22, plunged approximately 90 feet off the Arrigoni Bridge, a steel arch structure which connects Middletown and Portland, Conn.
He survived the fall and his condition is improving but his child’s body was found about 14 miles down river near the East Haddam Bridge, the Hartford Courant reported.
Little Aaden Moreno was taken from the water by Connecticut State Police around 8 p.m.
The death comes on the heels of a bitter custody fight. The child’s mother, 19-year-old Adrianne Oyola, was granted a temporary restraining order, only to have it revoked 12 days later on June 29.
“He has told me he could make my son disappear any time of the day,” she wrote in her initial court filing, the Courant reported.
“He told me how he could make me disappear, told me how he could kill me. I sometimes am scared to sleep. He told me he would put me in the ground and put something on me to make me disintegrate faster.”
Oyola, who graduated from Middletown High School last month, called the controlling Moreno mentally and physically abusive as well as a “danger” to Aaden.
Yet Superior Court Judge Barry C. Pinkus ruled the young father was not an “imminent” threat, according to the Courant.
“I don’t know whether the two of you are mature enough at this present time to have an adult relationship,” Pinkus told the parents at the time. “You’re not giving me grown-up behavior … You’re parents now. Okay? And if you want your child to grow up to be healthy and well, you need to grow up and deal with each other as adults, and you’re not doing that right now.”
Since Aaden’s body wasn’t immediately recovered, authorities treated the child as missing. The Facebook page “Help Find Aaden Moreno” drew 2,000 members and supporters gathered at a candlelight vigil Monday.
Their worst fears were confirmed Tuesday night.
“I can’t believe it’s true, but it is and we must be strong for each other,” the grieving mom’s older sister, Lizi Oyola, wrote on Facebook late Tuesday.
“Dear Lord, let him be in a sanctuary worthy of his perfection. God, please have all his favorite toys, especially Mickey Mouse. And please help us through this pain.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to handle the infant’s funeral costs.
Police expect to charge Moreno in the infant’s death.
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