Judge Barry C. Pinkus is a condescending prick. And as far as I'm concerned, he's an accessory to murder.
Dad is identified as TONY MORENO.
Sadly reminiscent of the 2010 murder of 9-month-old Wyatt Garcia in California.
Judge in Middletown rejected no-contact order filed by Aaden Moreno’s mother due to lack of ‘imminent harm’
Joe Campbell, 43, protests outside the Middletown Superior Court Thursday morning, as Tony Moreno’s court-appointed public defender was appearing before Judge Gold. Campbell said he wants Judge Barry C. Pinkus held accountable for his ruling in the Aaden Moreno custody case. Brian Zahn — Middletown Press
By Brian Zahn, The Middletown Press
Posted: 07/09/15, 12:03 PM EDT | Updated: 4 days ago
Just seven days before Tony Moreno allegedly threw his infant into the Connecticut River, a judge rejected a no-contact order request against him for the 7-month-old and his mother Adrianna Oyola, citing a lack of “imminent harm,” court documents show.
Just before midnight Sunday, Moreno, 21, flung Aaden Moreno into the Connecticut River from where he stood on the Arrigoni Bridge, he admitted in a sworn statement, according to police.
He jumped minutes later while officers, alerted by a 911 call from a family member, watched him climbing over the railing, according to court documents.
He was taken by Lifestar to Hartford Hospital early Monday. Tuesday, spokesperson Tina Varona said Moreno was listed in critical condition. Thursday afternoon, when Director of Media Relations Rebecca Stewart was asked if Moreno was still there she responded, “He’s not our patient.”
Emails to the state Department of Correction media personnel asking if Moreno was in their custody were not answered by press time.
This week’s tragic events and revelations by the court and police have rocked the community and the families of the parents — and have made the national news all week.
Meanwhile, a transcript of court proceedings on June 29 details that Judge Barry C. Pinkus criticized Oyola, 19, and Moreno for “acting like children.”
“(Y)ou need to grow up and deal with each other as adults, and you’re not doing that right now,” he said.
The hearing, which followed an order put in place on June 17 by Judge Edward Domnarski, was apparently the final case Pinkus heard before the court went into recess.
When Oyola applied for the restraining order on June 29, she said she did not know where Aaden was, as both Tony and Aaden went missing from a bedroom following a fight she had with Tony.
The fight concerned Oyola’s intention to take Aaden with her to dinner to see his grandfather. She said Moreno physically blocked her path from taking the baby, according to the court. Moreno told Pinkus that Oyola was throwing a “temper tantrum” and he did not want her to have custody of their son if she was going to act emotional, the documents say.
When Pinkus questioned Oyola on claims written in her application for a restraining order, she said Moreno is emotionally, and sometimes physically, abusive to her, the arraignment says.
In the affidavit, Oyola wrote that Moreno made various threats about making her disappear and sometimes shouted at their son if he was making too much noise. She also said Moreno hid two of her dresses the day of her high school graduation June 17, saying he thought it would be “funny.”
In court June 29, Moreno told Pinkus that on June 17 he took Aaden to a friend’s house for two hours and when he returned home, a family member sent him a screen shot that read: “did you know Tony’s baby is on Facebook?”
It was a photo and solicitation for information if anybody saw he or Aaden, court documents say.
It’s unclear who had posted the photograph on social media and where.
#According to Moreno’s sworn statement, he made no attempt to contact Oyola when he took Aaden because his cell phone was broken.
Oyola said she filed for the restraining order because she did not know where her ex-boyfriend and son were on June 17.
On June 26, a friend of Moreno’s contacted the infant’s mother and reportedly said Moreno’s “mother, or her mother, was sick and wanted to see me and the baby.”
When Oyola arrived, Moreno allegedly rounded the corner and told her to sit down and demanded her phone. He allegedly threatened her that a lawyer said she could spend a year in jail if she didn’t cooperate with him and “make him happy.”
Oyola said she only lived with Moreno because it was all she could afford financially, but she had recently moved in with her two sisters, nephew and brother-in-law.
After Pinkus reviewed the facts of Oyola’s application, he declared that the issue seemed to pertain more to custody than protection.
“Are you afraid he’s going to come over and beat you up?” Pinkus asked.
“Sometimes,” Oyola said. “I feel like he’s always there, and it’s creepy.”
Moreno told the judge that Oyola acts in a way that is not “pleasant” and he did not want her to have the baby if she had a bad attitude.
“I’m just not convinced that there’s a continuous threat of present physical pain or physical injury,” Pinkus said in court. “Somebody needs to go downstairs and file a custody application, and you need to work out a parental rights agreement where the child is going to be, when the child is going to be with mom, when the child is going to be with dad, work out a child support order.”
According to Lt. Heather Desmond, at the same time, the Police Department was in the process of investigating the case against Moreno for two counts of violating a restraining order for the June 26 incident.
As Moreno’s court-appointed public defender, Jay McKay, was in Middletown Superior Court Thursday morning, outside a lone protester stood with a placard that criticized the judge.
The case had been moved to the Part A docket in the Middlesex Judicial District before Judge David Gold, where felony cases are typically handled.
Joe Campbell, 43, paced Court Street with a neon green sign, though barely legible from 20 feet away.
“Judge Barry C. Pinkus needs to be held accountable for his terrible handling of Aaden’s case,” he wrote.
Campbell, a Berlin native and father of four children, said he has been unable to sleep since reading news of the transcript.
“[Pinkus] was horrible to a 19-year-old,” Campbell said about the judge’s dismissal.
According to a transcript, Pinkus told Oyola and Moreno that he simply believed they did not have a good relationship, but he did not believe there was any danger involved.
#Campbell said he believed Pinkus attempted to “mix up” Oyola’s words in court. “It seemed he was against the mother,” Campbell said.
Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III said in a statement Wednesday that Pinkus’ ruling in the custody hearing “is representative of the difficult decisions that judges must make each and every day.”
“These discretionary decisions are made after an assessment of the evidence that is presented and in accordance with applicable state law,” Carroll said. “Yet even with a deliberative process, it is impossible for judges to predict the future with certainty.”