A 3-year-old boy died after being pushed into Lake Michigan in Chicago by his aunt, officials said.
The child was with Victoria Moreno, 34, on September 19 when she allegedly pushed him into the water in the 700 block of East Grand Street, the site of Navy Pier, a tourist attraction.
“The assailant did not attempt to rescue the victim,” police said in a statement.
The child was pulled from the water by emergency personnel and transported to an area hospital in critical condition, police said.
The toddler, identified as Josiah Brown, was pronounced dead at 10:16 a.m. Sunday at Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Moreno was arrested less than an hour after the boy was in water at the scene and charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault on a child.
Moreno was denied bail during a court hearing on Wednesday where the defense argued she suffered from mental health issues, NBC Chicago reported.
Prosecutors said Moreno lives in Des Plaines, a suburb of Chicago, with his family and left home with Josiah without anyone else knowing.
At Navy Pier, she allegedly allowed him to crawl under a chain-link fence blocking access to the water and pulled him toward her when she saw people watching, prosecutors said, according to the station. But when no one else was there, she scaled the fence and pushed him off the platform, knocking him 6 feet into the water below, prosecutors alleged.
He was in the water for 30 minutes when divers pulled him from the bottom of the lake, prosecutors said.
NBC News has reached out to his attorney for comment. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement Monday that so far the charges against Moreno have not been improved following Josiah’s death.
“We anticipate that additional charges may be filed after the medical examiner’s office and the police department complete their investigations,” the statement said.