Following the toddler’s murder, a woman accused of shoving her 3-year-old nephew off Chicago’s Navy Pier and watching him drown in Lake Michigan has been charged with murder. 34-year-old Victoria Moreno was detained last month.
According to Fox 32 Chicago, she was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated violence on a kid under the age of 13, but the charge was then changed to first-degree murder.
Josiah Brown was pushed off Navy Pier by Moreno on the afternoon of September 19, according to the Chicago Police Department. Police claimed she initially denied knowing who he was and made no attempt to save him.
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After about 30 minutes, divers were called to the site and retrieved the young child from the lake, according to Cook County prosecutors. He was in critical condition when he was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital. After experiencing seizures, bleeding in his lungs, and a cardiac infusion, he passed away on September 25.
In suburban Des Plains on the morning of September 19, according to the prosecution, Moreno snatched the family’s truck’s keys and left with the youngster while no one was watching. Because she takes medication for “mental health difficulties,” she was not permitted to operate the vehicle.
#BREAKING: this is the woman accused of throwing a 3-year-old into Lake Michigan on Monday.
She is 34-year-old Victoria Moreno.
She’s the child’s aunt.
She is charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery.
— Brónagh Tumulty (@BronaghTumulty) September 21, 2022
Woman Accused Of Pushing 3-year-old Nephew Into Lake
The defense attorney for Moreno asserted in bond court on Tuesday that Moreno did not purposefully shove Brown into the water but rather was standing over the child when he fell. According to Moreno’s lawyer, Moreno has bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Moreno was ordered held without bail after the judge found she poses a “risk to the community”