It’s a scene more horrible than anyone can imagine.
A suicidal father standing atop a 100-foot bridge with his baby on his shoulders and every intention of hurling both of them into the dark water below.Image Credit: Screenshot/KDVR
As the Washington Post reports, that’s exactly what one witness saw when they came across 21-year-old Tony Moreno and his 7-month-old son, Aaden, on the night of July 5, 2015.
According to the Post, authorities were alerted to Moreno’s intentions after he made an alarming call to his mother, Denise, a Connecticut resident who lives near the Arragoni Bridge.
“I assumed he might jump,” she reportedly testified in court.
“Enjoy your new life without us. He’s dead,” one of the text messages read.
Denise Moreno raced to the bridge as she called 911. When she arrived along with police, there was no sign of Aaden—just an empty stroller:
Although police witnessed Moreno jump off the bridge, he survived the fall. He was pulled from the water. His face was battered and bruised from the impact.Image Credit: Middletown Police Department
Moreno is currently on trial for murder and risk of injury to a child. He pleaded innocent to the charges.
As he was recovering from his injuries he admitted to throwing Aaden off the bridge.
And while the case has devastated the community—with Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew claiming it is one the town “will never” be able to make sense of reports KDVR—the trial has shed more light on the mindset of Moreno, and the disturbing reason he chose to take his son’s life.
Officer Buller revealed that Moreno admitted he had thought about killing himself, but did not want his son to be raised by his ex-girlfriend’s family.Image Credit: Screenshot/KDVR Baby Aaden, Oyola
The psychiatrist treating Moreno at the time, Dr. Samira Solomon, testified in her report that Moreno was “ambivalent about being alive,” and “had recent thought and intent to kill his son.”
She explained that Moreno wanted to commit suicide; however, he didn’t want to leave his son behind:
“[He] was afraid of his son living in his current life situation.”
Solomon told the court it was clear Moreno wanted to be dead before he was arrested. She also recorded that Moreno never asked about Aaden.
According to KDVR, Oyola applied for a temporary restraining order which was granted on June 17. A judge reportedly denied another application against Moreno on June 29, days before Aaden was killed. KDVR reports that no specific reason was given for the denial.
If Moreno is found guilty of murder he faces up to 70 years in prison.