MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (KRON/AP) — Search crews combed a river in Connecticut on Monday looking for a 7-month-old boy who may have been with his father when the man jumped from a bridge, falling 120-foot into the water, according to police.
Crews worked for hours in and along the Connecticut River around the city of Middletown, searching for baby Aaden, who has been missing since Sunday night.
The child’s father, 22-year-old Tony Moreno of Middletown, called someone at about 11:45 p.m., saying he would jump from the Arrigoni Bridge, police said. That person contacted police and said a baby could be heard in the background.
Middletown police spokeswoman Lt. Heather Desmond said the person was a family member, but authorities don’t know where he was when he called, making the investigation that much more challenging.
“It’s why we can’t narrow it down yet,” she said.
Police said they saw Moreno jump into the river but did not see a baby with him.
Firefighters pulled Moreno from the water and took him to Hartford Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. Desmond said he cannot be questioned because of his condition.
Police said they have been interviewing Moreno’s family to see if the baby is with them and that officers also looked at houses where the father may have been in case he left the child behind.
“We’re leaving no stone unturned,” Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew said.
An alert was issued Monday morning for the baby. Aaden Moreno is described as weighing 23 pounds, wearing a white shirt with black stripes with a Mickey Mouse picture and black pants. He has black hair and brown eyes.