A Middletown mother whose baby was thrown from the Arrigoni Bridge and died is planning to sue the state.
It was one year ago on Tuesday that 7-month-old baby Aaden Moreno was tossed from the bridge by his father.
The child’s mother, 19-year-old Adrianne Oyola, feels the state Department of Children and Families was negligent and could have done more to save her child’s life.
After the baby died, it was learned that Oyola feared for her own life, but her efforts to extend a restraining order were rejected by a judge who allowed the father, Tony Moreno, to see his child.
Oyola’s attorney is asking the claims commissioner for the right to sue the state. Under Connecticut law, one must be granted permission.
"What else could we have done, what didn't we do as a system,” said Tonya Johnson of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
She said in some situations people don’t understand how dangerous things are until it’s too late.
DCF did not comment on the lawsuit, but shortly after the baby’s death last July, DCF released a statement that said “Department staff saw the mother and child on three occasions between June 19 and June 26, and the father was not allowed access to the baby by the mother."
Tony Moreno was arrested and is charged with murdering his own son. He rejected a plea deal and his trial is expected to start in January.
"Something went wrong. A child was lost. We can't take away blame form the offender. We need to look at intervention and what we could have done,” Johnson said.
According to the lawsuit filed, the mother is seeking $5 million in compensation for herself and $10 million for the estate of her baby.
The lawsuit now goes to the attorney general. There will most likely be a hearing and then a decision on whether the mother can sue the state will be made.
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