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Walk to be held in memory of baby thrown over Arrigoni Bridge

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Aaden Moreno (State police/WFSB photos) Aaden Moreno (State police/WFSB photos)

Crowds are expected to gather this weekend for a walk in memory of baby Aaden Moreno, who was thrown to his death from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown.

The Walk to End the Silence: A Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24.

It will begin at 10 a.m. at Harbor Park, 80 Harbor Dr., in Middletown.

The walk is in memory of Aaden Moreno, who was 7 months old at the time of his death.

The child’s father, 21-year-old Tony Moreno, is accused in the death and has been charged with murder and violation of a restraining order.

Court documents said Moreno's mother called police after he called her saying "Mom, come down to the Portland bridge and get my phone and the stroller so you have pictures of the baby."

Before that, he reportedly got into a heated text exchange with the baby's mother where he told her "Enjoy your new life without us."

Tony Moreno then attempted to commit suicide on a Sunday night in July.

When officers arrived at the bridge, Moreno jumped off the Arrigoni Bridge before they could get to him. Police said Aaden was not with him when he jumped. There was an empty stroller located in the vicinity of where Moreno jumped.

According to documents, family members who arrived at the scene before Moreno jumped said they just couldn't stop him.

His mother told detectives "When Tony saw the police officer walking towards him, he started to walk towards the Portland side of the bridge. He started to pick up speed and then out of the corner of my eye I saw him leap over the railing and fall to the water. I immediately ran to the stroller to check the baby, but the baby was not in it."

Aaden Moreno’s body was found near the swing bridge in East Haddam almost two days later.

All proceeds of the walk will go to New Horizons Domestic Violence Services.

"People need to know domestic violence programs are here. We are available to provide support 24 hours a day - 7 days a week and we provide our services free and confidential," said Michelle Waldner, program director of New Horizons.

About 1,500 women per year are helped by New Horizons.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and adults will pay $20, and those under 18 years old will pay $10.

Groups or corporate teams with a minimum of five people are asked to make a $50 suggested donation.

Volunteers are needed for the walk. Anyone interested may contact Gary Wallace of the Middletown Police Department at gary.wallace@middletownct.gov or 860-638-4141 or Yasemin Kuytu at yasemin@chc1.com or 860-852-0836.

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