A Connecticut man who killed his 7-month-old son when he threw the boy off a 90-meter high bridge, then survived the dive itself, has been sentenced to 70 years in prison Wednesday.
A judge imposed the maximum prison time on Tony Moreno, 23, who was convicted by a jury in February of murder and the risk of injury to a minor.
“The utter depravity of the crime, a father killing his son, speaks for itself,” Middletown Superior Court, Judge Elpedio Vitale said.
The police said the 23-year-old Moreno threw his son, Aaden, from the Arrigoni Bridge over the Connecticut River in Middletown in July 2015. He jumped out and was seriously injured, but survived. He stated during the trial that he accidentally dropped the boy and was not going to harm him, despite the fact that well-known to the police that he threw the baby off the bridge.
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Court records show Moreno exchanged angry text messages with the child the mother in the minutes before he jumped. She frantically begged him to not hurt the boy.
“Enjoy your new life without us,” Moreno wrote. “He is dead. Soon I will be too.”
Moreno’s relationship with the mother of the boy had become strained in the run-up to Aaden’s death, according to the court documents. She refused his marriage proposal, and a custody dispute was settled just days before the bridge incident.
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