Balloon release celebrates 3rd birthday of toddler tossed over bridge

Kaylen Johnson & son Kaden

Kaden Johnson’s friends and family gathered on Oct. 18 to celebrate what would have been the toddler’s third birthday.

Johnson was alive and crying when he was tossed over the Central Thruway bridge on March 5. His body was found nine days later.

Johnson’s mother Kaylen Johnson died from multiple gunshot wounds. She was pregnant at the time of her death. Her body was found along Burbank in a ditch with her body wrapped.

The man accused of tossing Johnson’s body over the bridge, Brynnen Murphy, 20, admitted to officers that after tossing Kaden’s mother’s body on Burbank on March 5th, he allegedly drove to the elevated portion of Central Thruway and tossed Kaden over the side while he was still alive.

An autopsy found Johnson most likely died from hypothermia.

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