A FATHER who threw his seven-month-old baby from a 90-ft-high bridge before leaping himself sent a chilling text to his ex-partner saying: “He’s dead. Soon I will be too.”

Tony Moreno, 23, of Connecticut, threw his baby boy off the Arrigoni Bridge on July 15, 2015, and then jumped intending to kill himself, reports The Sun.

Baby Aaden’s body was found by a kayaker 14 miles downstream two days later.

Moreno testified in his own defence, claiming the baby slipped from his arms and he never intended to harm him.

He was pictured in court cradling a toy doll to demonstrate how he held his son on the bridge’s railing.

Defence lawyer Norman Pattis raised the possibility that Aaden may have had a muscle disorder that caused sudden, jerking motions to explain why Moreno dropped him.

Moreno had a strained relationship with the boy’s mother, prosecutors said.

Mother, Adrianne Oyola, 20, testified that things got worse when she refused his marriage proposal a month before the baby’s death. The two shared custody of Aaden.

A police officer and a hospital psychiatrist testified that Moreno made statements indicating that he had killed the child.

Prosecutors also introduced text messages between Moreno and Oyola as evidence, including one where in response to a question about Aaden’s whereabouts.

Moreno wrote: “He’s dead. Soon I will be too.”

She replied: “You couldn’t kill your own son. Please don’t hurt Aaden!!!”


Jurors heard a 911 call in which Denise Moreno told dispatchers her son said he was going to jump from the bridge and that he was with his son.

Police arrived at the scene around the same time as Moreno’s mother and brother.

They testified that he shouted “Tony, stop!” before Moreno climbed over a railing and jumped.

He said there was an empty pushchair but the infant could not be found, despite searches for the boy.

Moreno was convicted of murder. He faces up to 70 years in prison when he’s sentenced in May.

Please contact Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 for Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention

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Image via The Sun.

  • wow what a really sad situation overall. men do need to be able to talk about their issues too.


  • Simply Devastating!


  • Every sympathy for this poor mum and the nightmare and tragic loss of her baby. I do hope she receives support and care as this is such an unimaginable ordeal for any mother to have to endure.


  • So scary that the person you thought was worthy of having a child with turns out to be someone you should have stayed well away from.


  • This is the kind of things nightmares are made of. One of those stories you couldn’t bare to imagine happening to you. Truly horrifying. This is why I dislike the news :(


  • what an awful avoidable tragedy! poor little baby taken before his time. my heart breaks for the poor mother.


  • What an awful and sad story.
    What drives into people that they can come to such evil and dark deed like killing your own child.
    Hope the family friends and relatives receives support and understanding and counseling where needed.


  • So sad, why can’t parents be satisfied with being parents, why must they try and control their ex-partner


  • Disgusting vile creature, I hope you rot in your own hell


  • An absolutely heinous crime. Poor woman.


  • I hope he gets a whole of life sentence. All because his son’s Mother doesn’t want to marry him!!! He had shared custody of his gorgeous baby son and should have been grateful for that. My sympathy to Aaden’s Mum and other relatives.
    I also feel for the kyaker who found his tiny body.

    • A good point – It must have indeed been horrific for the person that found the poor little one. Hope they receive lots of support and care too.


  • The neighbour of a friend of mine literally had one baby after another. For a short time she had 5 children under 5 y.o. She always had two in nappies, sometimes 3. I’m not sure how many of them she breastfed. I know some of them were. A cousin of my Mum’s got pregnant with her 2nd baby while breastfeeding her first one. The second one was premature so she had 2 in 20 months


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