After searching nearly 48 hours for the baby boy believed to have plunged into the Connecticut River in Middletown with his suicidal father, authorities have pulled his body from the waters of nearby East Haddam, according to Middletown police.
Police said they retrieved the body of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno from the Connecticut River near the East Haddam Swing Bridge around 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities blocked off the intersection of Route 149 and Route 82, which crosses the Connecticut River by way of the bridge. The road has since reopened.
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It comes after police wrapped up their second day of searching for Aaden, who disappeared into the water late Sunday night when his father, Tony Moreno, jumped off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown, according to police.
First responders rescued Moreno but failed to find the child. He was presumed dead, and police said Monday the chances of finding Aaden alive had dwindled.
A LifeStar helicopter airlifted Moreno to the hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition. Police said he was alert and conscious Tuesday morning.
"Our thoughts are with Aaden and his family at this time of sorrow," Middletown police said in a statement Tuesday night.
The City of Middletown will host a vigil this evening at 6 pm at the South Green in honor of Aaden Moreno, according to Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew.
A GoFundMe page, "Help Lay Baby Aaden Moreno To Rest", has also been set up by friends of Aaden's mother to help her pay for the baby's funeral expenses. As of Wednesday morning, the page had raised over one thousand dollars.
Moreno has not been arrested but police said they plan to file charges. It's not clear if Moreno has an attorney.