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3-Year-Old Boy Dies After Aunt Allegedly Pushed Him Into Lake Michigan Near Navy Pier

Josiah Brown, of suburban Des Plaines, died Sunday morning, according to ABC7.

Streeterville and Gold Coast as seen from Navy Pier on April 29, 2021.
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CHICAGO — A 3-year-old boy died this weekend, nearly a week after being pushed into Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, allegedly by his aunt, according to reports.

Josiah Brown, of suburban Des Plaines, was pronounced dead 10:16 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Josiah had been hospitalized since Sept. 19 after he was in Lake Michigan for 30 minutes. His aunt, Victoria Moreno, was charged last week with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child younger than 13, though prosecutors previously said they expected to upgrade those charges if Josiah died.

Prosecutors said video shows Moreno took Josiah to Navy Pier and pushed him into the lake, then watched him struggle in the water without helping. She told people who tried to help she did not know the toddler or what happened to him, prosecutors said.

The toddler was rescued from the bottom of the lake, but he had severe injuries and was hospitalized in critical condition, prosecutors said.

A judge ordered Moreno to be held without bond and said she cannot contact her family.

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