A 3-year-old boy who was allegedly pushed from Navy Pier into Lake Michigan by his aunt Monday afternoon died Sunday morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The boy died Sunday around 10:15 a.m., the medical examiner’s office reported.
His aunt, 34-year-old Victoria Moreno, of Des Plaines, appeared in bond court and was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability, according to Chicago police. She was denied bail.
Police had no updates on the case as of Sunday night.
Video surveillance allegedly shows in part that Moreno used both hands to push her nephew into the lake and did nothing when he went underwater, where he remained for half an hour.
He was pulled from the water in the 700 block of East Grand Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. Monday and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz said in court Wednesday the boy suffered “significant life-threatening injuries,” while Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said he was not expected to survive having suffered a swollen brain, bleeding in his lungs, multiple seizures and several episodes of cardiac arrest. He had been on a ventilator and cardiac support.
Moreno’s attorney said she has mental issues for which she takes medicine. The attorney also said Moreno has no criminal background.