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MIDDLETOWN--The father of the baby thrown from the Arrigoni Bridge made his first public appearance since his arrest.

Tony Moreno, 21, appeared in Middletown Superior Court Tuesday and waived the 60 day period for his probable cause hearing.

Moreno is accused of throwing his own seven month old son, Aaden, off the bridge the night of July 5 and then jumping off the bridge himself when police arrived.

Search crews recovered Aaden's tiny body from the Connecticut River two days later.

Moreno and Aaden's mother had been going through a custody dispute, and just days before the tragedy, a judge denied a permanent restraining order against Moreno.

"What I have to really believe is that Aaden did not die in vain," Capt. Gary Wallace of the Middletown Police Department said outside court.  "That for whatever reason it will present itself someday and will there be a change in law, a policy procedure, whether it be some important relationship mended, but that's when we'll know why it had to happen."

Moreno is being held on $2.1 million bond, charged with murder.

His next court appearance is set for September 15.

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