Infant’s body found: Baby’s Body Found River

Published: July 8, 2015

Infant’s body found: Baby’s Body Found River, The father who was with his baby when the 7-month-old dropped to his death into the Connecticut River was arraigned Wednesday on undisclosed charges at Hartford Hospital.

State judicial officials say Tony Moreno was arraigned, but Middletown police declined to say what he’s been charged with. Police said they would be holding a press conference later Wednesday.

Moreno, 22, was rescued from the river after jumping Sunday night. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital.

The body of Aaden Moreno was found Tuesday night near a swing bridge in East Haddam, south of the bridge where investigators say his father jumped. Middletown police said Aaden was found about 8 p.m.; they had no further information.

The father who was with his baby when the 7-month-old dropped to his death into the Connecticut River was arraigned Wednesday on undisclosed charges at Hartford Hospital.

State judicial officials say Tony Moreno was arraigned, but Middletown police declined to say what he’s been charged with. Police said they would be holding a press conference later Wednesday.

Moreno, 22, was rescued from the river after jumping Sunday night. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital.

The body of Aaden Moreno was found Tuesday night near a swing bridge in East Haddam, south of the bridge where investigators say his father jumped. Middletown police said Aaden was found about 8 p.m.; they had no further information.

The discovery followed disclosures about a Superior Court judge’s decision not to grant a restraining order to the child’s mother, Adrianne Oyola, 19, because he was not convinced that Morenoposed a physical threat to his family.

Judge Barry C. Pinkus told Oyola and Moreno, that their testimony at a June 29 hearing showed there was “chaos” in their relationship but that Moreno was not an “imminent” threat, transcripts obtained by The Courant indicate.

“I’m just not convinced that there’s a continuous threat of present physical pain of physical injury,” Pinkus said at the hearing. “I think the two of you don’t have a good relationship.”

With a temporary restraining order terminated, the judge advised the couple to file a custody application that sorted out a parental rights agreement and child support order for Aaden.

Pinkus has declined to comment on his decision. On Wednesday, Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III issued a statement on his behalf, saying: “While it would be inappropriate for me to comment directly on Judge Pinkus’ ruling, I believe that it is representative of the difficult decisions that judges must make each and every day. These discretionary decisions are made after an assessment of the evidence that is presented and in accordance with applicable state law. Yet even with a deliberative process, it is impossible for judges to predict the future with certainty.”

Carroll said the judicial branch extends its condolences to the family of Aaden Moreno.

“The tragedy that occurred this past weekend has affected all of us,” Carroll said.

Police fear Moreno may have thrown Aaden from the Arrigoni Bridge into the Connecticut River before he jumped late Sunday night. Moreno survived and his condition continued to improve Tuesday. No criminal charges had been filed against Moreno as of late Tuesday.

Police and fire departments in boats and by helicopter searched the river until dark Tuesday, and were notified later when the body was found.

Advocates for domestic violence victims on Tuesday questioned the judge’s decision to terminate the restraining order.

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence said in a statement that the “alleged homicide of Aaden Moreno … is a tragedy that had the opportunity to be prevented.”

Oyola testified at the June 29 hearing that Moreno abused her and called her names, and at times refused to give her the boy. She said she was “sometimes” afraid he would beat her and recalled hearing cars stop in front of her house “like he’s always there, and it’s creepy,” according to the transcript.

At one point during the hearing, Pinkus asked Oyola what had happened that made her come to court.

“Multiple things,” Oyola replied. “He’s just very abusive, not physically, but mentally. He’s constantly … calling me names, constantly shoving me around and just abusive.”

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