Father charged with throwing baby off bridge faces judge

Tony Moreno, right, appears in Middletown Superior Court in Middletown, Conn., on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, with his lawyer, James McKay. (Patrick Raycraft/The Courant via AP, Pool)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of throwing his infant son off a bridge and into the Connecticut River has made his first court appearance, with his attorney asking for more time to prepare for a pre-trial hearing.

The judge on Tuesday continued Tony Moreno’s case to Sept. 15.

Public defender James McKay requested a waiver of the time limit to hold a probable cause hearing, which will determine if there is enough evidence to bring the murder case against the 21-year-old Middletown man to trial.

Moreno has been held in a state Department of Correction medical unit under suicide watch since jumping from the Arrigoni Bridge into the Connecticut River in Middletown on July 5, shortly after police say he threw 7-month-old Aaden Moreno off the bridge.

He spoke only briefly in court, indicating he understood his attorney’s request.

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