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Boy pulled from lake after aunt allegedly pushed him dies

Josiah Brown, who had been in grave condition and was not expected to survive since he was pulled from the lake last Monday, was pronounced dead shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

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Boy pulled from lake after aunt allegedly pushed him dies
Victoria Moreno, 34, is accused of pushing her nephew, Josiah Brown, 3, into Lake Michigan at Navy Pier. The incident was reportedly captured on Navy Pier security cameras. | Photo CPD Book photo and Family

CHICAGO (AP) — A 3-year-old boy who was allegedly pushed into Lake Michigan in Chicago by his aunt last week has died, officials said.

Josiah Brown, who had been in grave condition and was not expected to survive since he was pulled from the lake last Monday, was pronounced dead shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The boy's aunt was charged last week with attempted murder.[1] The Cook County State's Attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the charges against Victoria Moreno would be upgraded because the boy died.

The 34-year-old Moreno, a resident of nearby Des Plaines, who was also charged with aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability, remains in Cook County Jail after a judge last week ordered that she be held without bond.

During last week's bond hearing, prosecutors said that Moreno was at Navy Pier in Chicago when she allegedly pushed the boy into the lake, and then stood by as he sank. Divers found him at the lake bottom about a half hour later.


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  1. Chicago Journal. “Boy's Aunt Charged with Attempted Murder, Pushed Him into Lake at Navy Pier.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, September 21, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/boys-aunt-charged-with-attempted-murder-pushed-him-into-lake-at-navy-pier/. ↩︎

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