A Connecticut man who killed his seven-month-old son when he threw the boy off a 90-foot-high bridge was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday.

A judge imposed the maximum prison time on Tony Moreno, 23, who was convicted by a jury in February of murder and risk of injury to a minor.

‘The utter depravity of the crime, a father killing his infant son, speaks for itself,’ Middletown Superior Court Judge Elpedio Vitale said.

Police said Moreno threw his son, Aaden, off the Arrigoni Bridge over the Connecticut River in Middletown in July 2015. 

Tony Moreno (right in court Wednesday), 23, who killed his seven-month-old son in 2015 when he threw the boy off a 90-foot high bridge in Connecticut, was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday

Tony Moreno (right in court Wednesday), 23, who killed his seven-month-old son in 2015 when he threw the boy off a 90-foot high bridge in Connecticut, was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday

Tony Moreno (right in court Wednesday), 23, who killed his seven-month-old son in 2015 when he threw the boy off a 90-foot high bridge in Connecticut, was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday

Baby Aaden (pictured) was killed in July 2015 after his own father threw him off a bridge following an argument with Aaden's mother over custody

Baby Aaden (pictured) was killed in July 2015 after his own father threw him off a bridge following an argument with Aaden's mother over custody

Baby Aaden (pictured) was killed in July 2015 after his own father threw him off a bridge following an argument with Aaden’s mother over custody

He then jumped off and was seriously wounded, but survived. Moreno testified during his trial that he accidentally dropped the boy and did not intend to harm him, despite having confessed to police that he threw the baby off the bridge.

Court records show Moreno exchanged angry text messages with the infant’s mother, Adrianne Oyola, in the minutes before he jumped. She frantically pleaded with him to not hurt the boy.

‘Enjoy your new life without us,’ Moreno wrote. ‘He’s dead. Soon I will be too.’

Moreno’s relationship with the boy’s mother had become strained in the months leading up to Aaden’s death, according to court documents. 

She refused his marriage proposal, and a custody dispute was settled just days before the bridge incident.

Court records show Moreno exchanged angry text messages with the infant's mother, Adrianne Oyola (pictured), in the minutes before he jumped

Court records show Moreno exchanged angry text messages with the infant's mother, Adrianne Oyola (pictured), in the minutes before he jumped

Oyola, said Wednesday that she has tried to forgive Moreno, but can't

Oyola, said Wednesday that she has tried to forgive Moreno, but can't

Court records show Moreno exchanged angry text messages with the infant’s mother, Adrianne Oyola (pictured), in the minutes before he jumped. She frantically pleaded with him to not hurt the boy. Oyola, said Wednesday that she has tried to forgive Moreno, but can’t

Police (pictured searching for Aaden) responded to the Arrigoni Bridge (pictured) after Moreno's mother, Denise Moreno, called 911 to report that her son had called her and said he was going to jump

Police (pictured searching for Aaden) responded to the Arrigoni Bridge (pictured) after Moreno's mother, Denise Moreno, called 911 to report that her son had called her and said he was going to jump

Police (pictured searching for Aaden) responded to the Arrigoni Bridge (pictured) after Moreno’s mother, Denise Moreno, called 911 to report that her son had called her and said he was going to jump

Police responded to the bridge after Moreno’s mother, Denise Moreno, called 911 to report that her son had called her from the bridge with Aaden and said he was going to jump. 

After officers arrived, they saw Tony Moreno jump and found an empty baby stroller, but did not see the infant. 

Aaden’s body was found two days later two miles downstream near the East Haddam Swing Bridge by a canoeist, following an extensive search involving dive teams and helicopters.

During the trial, Moreno held a baby doll in his arms that he said represented his son, and he spoke about what happened. 

Moreno claimed his intention was to take his own life on the bridge, not his child’s, and that Aaden slipped from his hands into the water. 

His lawyer, Norman Pattis, told the judge that Moreno should be sentenced to the minimum mandatory 25 years in prison, saying Aaden’s death was an accident. 

Aaden's body was found two days later two miles downstream near the East Haddam Swing Bridge by a canoeist, following an extensive search (crews searching) involving dive teams and helicopters

Aaden's body was found two days later two miles downstream near the East Haddam Swing Bridge by a canoeist, following an extensive search (crews searching) involving dive teams and helicopters

Aaden’s body was found two days later two miles downstream near the East Haddam Swing Bridge by a canoeist, following an extensive search (crews searching) involving dive teams and helicopters

After the court hearing, Moreno's crying mother, Denise Moreno (pictured), said: 'This monster he's being portrayed of is not the person I gave birth to or loved'

After the court hearing, Moreno's crying mother, Denise Moreno (pictured), said: 'This monster he's being portrayed of is not the person I gave birth to or loved'

After the court hearing, Moreno’s crying mother, Denise Moreno (pictured), said: ‘This monster he’s being portrayed of is not the person I gave birth to or loved’

Moreno claimed his intention was to take his own life on the bridge (pictured), not his child’s, and that Aaden slipped from his hands into the water

Moreno claimed his intention was to take his own life on the bridge (pictured), not his child’s, and that Aaden slipped from his hands into the water

Moreno claimed his intention was to take his own life on the bridge (pictured), not his child’s, and that Aaden slipped from his hands into the water

Pattis said Moreno accepts responsibility for the boy’s death and had been willing to plead guilty to the lesser crime of manslaughter.

‘Tony told you what happened,’ Pattis said. ‘The jury disregarded it. Aaden slipped from his grasp.’

Oyola, said Wednesday that she has tried to forgive Moreno, but can’t.

‘Every time I wake up, I pray the nightmare will be over and my son will be in my arms,’ Oyola said during the sentencing. 

‘I won’t see my son grow up. You took my whole world in front of me. You took my life.’

After the court hearing, Moreno’s crying mother, Denise, said: ‘This monster he’s being portrayed of is not the person I gave birth to or loved.’

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