A Connecticut father who threw his son off a 90-foot-high bridge is now facing a possible life in prison after being convicted of the boy's murder. The body of the 7-month-old was found two days after he was put into the river.
According to Boston.com, 23-year-old Tony Moreno will be sentenced this Wednesday. A jury convicted him of murder and risk of injury to a child in February.
Moreno threw his son, Aaden, off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown in July 2015. The father also jumped off, but survived. He testified that he accidentally dropped Aaden.
According to the report, Moreno’s relationship with the baby’s mother had become difficult in the months leading up to bridge incident. She said no to his marriage proposal and a custody dispute was settled just days before the son’s death.
Moreno testified that he was suicidal on the night he killed his son. According to People, he had pointed out landmarks to Aaden where he shared memories with Aaden’s mother while on the bridge. One nearby landmark was the movie theater where he and the child’s mother had shared their first kiss.
“What did you say to Aaden?” defense attorney Norm Pattis asked Moreno during the trial, according to The Middletown Press.
“That his mom had made me sit through a dumbass Justin Bieber movie,” Moreno said.
“What happened as you pointed at the theater?” Pattis continued.
“He moved,” the father said. “To straighten out his body.”
Moreno then cried on the stand as he claimed his baby slipped through his arms and fell into the river.