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Bridge safety measures sought after baby thrown to his death

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

The mayor of a Connecticut city where a 7-month-old boy was thrown to his death off a bridge is considering installing netting or other safety measures on the 90-foot-high span.

Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew is putting together information for the state Department of Transportation on netting, fencing, suicide hotline phones and other safety measures installed at other well-known suicide spots. The DOT has authority over the 77-year-old Arrigoni Bridge and would need to sign off on any changes first.

Drew says he's not certain whether nets or a fence would have prevented last month's death of Aaden Moreno, but he says officials have a "moral responsibility" to look into it.

"I don’t know if having something there would have stopped what happened here in July," Drew said. 

The signs would look similar to ones already up on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Another idea about netting was proposed, but that can be expensive.

The one built in San Francisco will cost close to $80 million.

"Other people were suggesting new railings that would curve over at the top," Drew said.

While nothing has been finalized, people seemed to be split on whether any modification to the iconic bridge connecting Middletown and Portland would prevent future suicide attempts.

"I don't think there's any way of preventing it. They'll find a way," said Jay Drew, who works in Middletown.

"If they're in distress, it'd be helpful to have someone to reach out to. In the worst case, it'd be helpful to have something to protect an innocent child," said Waberi Jordan, of Middletown.

It is unclear who would pick up the tab if any changes were made. No timetable has been set yet on when the proposals could be implemented.

Police say Tony Moreno admitted throwing his son off the bridge before jumping himself during a custody dispute with Aaden's mother. Moreno survived and is charged with murder.

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