Chicago judge denies bail for Illinois woman who allegedly pushed 3-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan

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A Chicago judge denied bail for an Illinois woman who allegedly pushed her 3-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan and initially told police she didn’t know who the child was, according to prosecutors.

Victoria Moreno, 34, is being charged with aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 and attempted first degree murder after police said that she pushed the boy into the water off of the Navy Pier on Monday at around 1 pm and not making an attempt to rescue him, according to FOX 32.

Surveillance video in the area allegedly shows Moreno doing nothing to help the child who was drowning in the water. The child was eventually rescued, but not before he vomited twice and sank in Lake Michigan before people nearby threw in a flotation device.

The 3-year-old boy was eventually rescued from the bottom of the lake by the Chicago Fire Department.

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Victoria Moreno, 34, is being charged with aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 and attempted first degree murder after police said that she pushed the boy into the water off of Navy Pier on Monday at around 1 pm and not making an attempt to rescue him, according to FOX 32.

Victoria Moreno, 34, is being charged with aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 and attempted first degree murder after police said that she pushed the boy into the water off of Navy Pier on Monday at around 1 pm and not making an attempt to rescue him, according to FOX 32.
(Chicago Police Department)

Officials said that the boy went into cardiac arrest after being pulled up from the lake and was taken to a local hospital. However, he is on a ventilator and officials say that he is not likely to survive.

Moreno could face additional charges depending on the 3-year-old’s condition.

The boy has bleeding in his lungs, swollen brain, seizures, and also needed a heart infusion because he had a depressed hearing.

Before the incident on Monday, the 3-year-old boy’s mother dropped him off with his grandparents in suburban Des Plaines, officials said, adding that Moreno left with the boy after the grandmother went to change upstairs.

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Surveillance video in the area allegedly shows Moreno doing nothing to help the child who was drowning in the water.  The child was eventually rescued, but not before he vomited twice and sank in Lake Michigan before people nearby threw in a flotation device.

Surveillance video in the area allegedly shows Moreno doing nothing to help the child who was drowning in the water. The child was eventually rescued, but not before he vomited twice and sank in Lake Michigan before people nearby threw in a flotation device.
(FOX 32)

When at the Navy Pier, officials said Moreno watched the child crawl under a chain that separates the sidewalk from the water while there were other people around. After waiting for others around her to leave, officials say that Moreno then went over the chain and pushed the 3-year-old into the water.

When police officers responded to the incident, she said that she was just a witness to the child being pushed into the water. She later said that she was holding the boy by his shirt and let him go, stating that he “was acting up,” a police report states.

The police report states that Moreno did not make an attempt to rescue the 3-year-old and did not call 911. She also allegedly told the police that she was unaware of who the child was.

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Surveillance video in the area allegedly shows Moreno doing nothing to help the child, her nephew, who was drowning in the water.

Surveillance video in the area allegedly shows Moreno doing nothing to help the child, her nephew, who was drowning in the water.
(FOX 32)

Moreno has a history of suffering from various mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. She is due back in court on Sept. 30 with no bail, and was ordered not to contact any of the witnesses or her family.