CHICAGO (TNZT) — A Des Plaines woman has been accused of pushing her 3-year-old nephew in Lake Michigan off the coast of Navy Pier on Monday, leaving him in critical condition.
Victoria Moreno, 34, is charged with one count of attempted murder and aggravation of a child. She is due to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Moreno pushed her 3-year-old nephew into the water at Navy Pier Monday afternoon and made no attempt to save him.
before being rescued by fire divers.
The boy was in critical condition at Lurie Children’s Hospital on Tuesday evening.
TNZT 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke to a woman who witnessed the horror at Navy Pier on Tuesday. The woman, Ashton King, said she saw the boy floating and immediately sprang into action as the aunt stood by and watched.
King started the day with a boat trip on Navy Pier with a friend. But she soon found herself in the middle of the crime scene.
A shot from Chopper 2 Monday afternoon showed King standing next to divers and police – who rushed to rescue the 3-year-old boy who, according to sources, was deliberately pushed into the water by his aunt.
King: “We looked at what she was looking at and we saw a little boy floating on his back.”
the march: “Did the woman do anything to try and save this boy?”
King: “No, nothing, zero. It was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
King said the photo below shows the aunt idly watching as her cousin is pulled from the water.
King added that the aunt never showed any concern or panic.
“The red flags were there. She was acting really weird,” King said. “I finally told the officer, I said, ‘Listen,’ I said, ‘she was the only one here when we got here. She was just acting weird – weird. Look, I just don’t know if she’s free. Something isn’t right.”
On radio broadcasts right after the boy was rescued, a police officer was heard saying, “I have the aunt in my possession now. She was on the scene the whole time.”
Sources say the Navy Pier surveillance video shows the aunt pushing the boy into the water. We have not seen the video.
The Chicago Fire Department determined that the boy entered the water at 1:23 p.m. Monday. They arrived at 1:32 p.m., had divers in the water at 1:35 p.m. and retrieved the boy from the lake at 1:42 p.m.
‘Just help. If you see something, just act,” King said. “I’ll never be able to see what I’ve seen again.”
The boy is still fighting for his life at Lurie Children’s Hospital.