EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — The body of seven-month-old Aaden Moreno has been found in the Connecticut River in East Haddam, Middletown police say.
According to officials, Connecticut State Police were called to the river near the swing bridge shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday after a report of an infant body found. Middletown detectives and state police confirmed the identity.
The infant had been missing in the river since Sunday night when his father, Tony Moreno, jumped from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown. He is recovering in the hospital.
“I just don’t understand how this could happen,” said Tom Marino, who identified himself as a grand-uncle to Aaden.
“Totally grief stricken, hard to believe to wake up and turn on the TV [and find out],” Marino said.
Moreno survived the jump and was rescued by police. His son was not so lucky.
“Guess we just take it a day at a time, that’s all we can do at this point,” Marino said.
According to court records, Aaden’s mother filed for a restraining order against Tony.
Adrianne Oyola, 19, claimed that she suffered physical and verbal abuse from Moreno, and she also requested full custody of their child, saying she feared for their safety. That request was denied exactly one week ago by Judge Barry Pinkus in Middletown.
At the vigil Monday, friends and neighbors said prayers and lit candles to remember the short life of Aaden and show support to loved ones.
“I just wish that we weren’t here and that baby Aaden was here and we didn’t have to have this event,” said Taylor McPherson, who organized the event.
It is unclear why the restraining order request was denied. Tony Moreno was listed in stable condition. Police said criminal charges are likely to follow.
Charges are expected to be filed against Moreno in this case.