police in Middleton responded to a report of a body found in the river near East Haddam, Connecticut, around 8 p.m., the department said in a statement.
Detectives and Connecticut State Police confirmed the body was that of Aaden Moreno, who had been missing since early Monday.
According to a report from CNN, police believe the baby’s father, Tony Moreno, 22, was holding the child, or had flung him into the water, as he attempted suicide early Monday by jumping off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown. Moreno was in critical condition on Tuesday, officials said.
He was expected to face criminal charges, police said.
Moreno’s family called police on Monday to report that Moreno was threatening to commit suicide and that he had the baby with him, police said.
Two officers arrived in time to see Moreno jump off the 120-foot bridge but did not see the baby. The father was rescued and airlifted to Hartford Hospital, police said.
Court records made available Tuesday show that Moreno had recently been accused of threatening the child and the child’s mother, Adrianne Oyola.
The mother, Adrianne Oyola, alleged in a June restraining order application that the 22-year-old struck her and told her that he could make the 7-month-old “disappear.”
Oyola’s handwritten complaint says that she lived with Moreno for two years and they were happy until she became pregnant. “Everything changed,” she wrote.
Since Aaden’s body wasn’t immediately recovered, authorities treated the child as missing. The Facebook page “Help Find Aaden Moreno” drew 2,000 members and supporters gathered at a candlelight vigil Monday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to handle the infant’s funeral costs.