Mom of Missing 7-Month-Old Predicted That His Suicidal Dad Was a 'Danger'

Tragic news out of Connecticut today, as the search for a missing 7-month-old baby has officially been classified a recovery mission. The police have reason to believe that the baby boy entered the Connecticut River around the time that his father allegedly attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.

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According to reports, 22-year-old Tony Moreno called someone late on Sunday night, threatening to kill himself by jumping off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown. That person called 911 and reported hearing 7-month-old Aaden crying in the background.

Officers made it to the scene just in time to see Tony go over, but they could not see the infant. Tony was rescued and airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he is expected to live. Police said he was "alert and conscious as of Tuesday morning."

It's hard to imagine why anyone would want to hurt their own child like that (please keep in mind that he hasn't been charged yet, and we don't know exactly what happened), but Aaden's mom made it clear that she feared for her child's life by filing a restraining order in June against Moreno.

Adrianne Oyola filed a temporary restraining order against the father of her child on June 17, alleging that Moreno had become increasingly abusive since their son's birth, both verbally and physically abusing her by threatening and pushing.

In the application, she wrote, "He has told me he could make my son disappear any time of the day ... He told me how he could make me disappear, told me how he could kill me. I sometimes am scared to sleep. He told me he would put me in the ground and put something on me to make me disintegrate faster."

"I can't bring [the baby] around my family without [Moreno's] approval, but he could do anything he wants without letting me know," she continued. "I feel that he is a danger to my child and me and would like to leave with my child and get full custody."

There is an open custody case involving the family as well, but for some reason, a judge declined to make the restraining order permanent in a June 29 hearing.

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We don't know why the judge turned down Oyola's request to extend the restraining order, but I sincerely hope there was reason to believe that the child was safe with Moreno. I can't even imagine the grief she must be feeling as a mom right now, having done everything she possibly could to keep her child safe, but being unable to.

Maybe if the restraining order had been granted, there could have been further investigation to the case, mediation, parenting classes -- something to facilitate the best possible environment for this child to grow up in.

I'm still hoping for a miracle that Aaden is found alive, but police are highly doubtful that's the case. I hope that at least they can recover his body, to give the family some closure, if nothing else.

Why do you think the judge decided not to extend the restraining order?

 

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