Woman, 34, charged with attempted murder, aggravated child’s battery after pushing 3-year-old nephew in Lake Michigan


A 34-year-old woman is facing charges, including attempted first-degree murder, after pushing her 3-year-old nephew from Navy Pier in Lake Michigan Monday, Chicago police said.

Victoria Moreno, of Des Plaines, is charged with attempted murder and a felony of aggravating a child under 13 causing permanent disability, according to police.

Moreno is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

She was arrested Monday afternoon an hour after pushing the 3-year-old boy, also from Des Plaines, into the water, police said.

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Moreno did not try to save the boy, police said. He was pulled from the water by the Chicago Fire Department on the 700-block of East Grand Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. and taken to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Moreno, who was identified as the boy’s aunt, initially told police that the boy “behaved” and that she “released his shirt,” according to a police report obtained by the Tribune.

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Police found surveillance videos showing the boy crawling on his hands and knees and looking over the edge of the pier. It also showed Moreno holding the boy’s shirt and then appearing to push him into the water.

Further information was not immediately available from the police.

Come back for updates.


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