MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut – The father of a 7-month-old boy who was found dead in the Connecticut River has been charged with murder, according to police.
Tony Moreno, 21, faces one charge of murder and one charge of murder with special circumstances after he confessed to throwing his young son Aaden off the Arrigoni Bridge before jumping after him Sunday, police said.
Moreno was found unresponsive floating in the water below, and was rescued by the Middletown Fire Department Marine Unit. He was taken to Hartford Hospital where he regained consciousness and later told police what happened.
"At this time, I would like to have a moment of silence in memory of Aaden Moreno," Lieutenant Heather Desmond wrote in bold at the top of a press release announcing the charges.
Aaden Moreno's body was recovered Tuesday evening almost a mile north of the East Haddam bridge by a person in a canoe. The boy's family was contacted, and relatives made a positive identification.
Moreno is being held on a $2 million bond. He was also arrested on a second outstanding warrant in connection with two counts of criminal violation of a restraining order.