Baby killer re-enacts murder in court, gets 70 years' jail

A US man charged with murdering his infant son was forced to re-enact throwing him off a 27m-high bridge in court before being sentenced to 70 years' prison for his crime.

Connecticut local Tony Moreno, 23, was convicted of the murder of his son Aaden in February, and received his sentence on Wednesday.

But footage has now emerged of Moreno bawling in court as he was made to demonstrate how he killed his baby, using a fake ledge and a plastic doll to retrace his actions on the Arrigoni Bridge in July 2015.

Moreno had jumped off the bridge himself after throwing Aaden over the edge - but despite suffering serious injuries, he survived.

During the trial, he said he accidentally dropped his son off the bridge and did not intend to hurt him - but that went against what he'd already admitted to police, which was that he'd thrown him.

A text sent from Moreno to his partner corroborated that further. It read simply: "Enjoy your new life without us. He's dead. Soon I will be too."

Aaden's mother, Adrianne Oyola, said that she had tried to forgive her partner for what he did to their son, but couldn't.

"Every time I wake up, I pray the nightmare will be over and my son will be in my arms," she told the court.

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

Before handing down the sentence, Judge Elpefio Vitale said "the utter depravity of the crime … speaks for itself" - and then told him he would spend 70 years behind bars.