Illinois woman accused of pushing nephew into lake accused of murder

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago suburban woman has been charged with first-degree murder more than a week after the death of her 3-year-old nephew, who she allegedly pushed into Lake Michigan and watched him sink into the water.

The Cook County Attorney’s Office announced murder charges against Victoria Moreno, 34, on Tuesday. She was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault on a child and was being held without bail.

Moreno, a Des Plaines resident, was denied bail again Tuesday during a second hearing on the new charges.WTTW TVreported. She is scheduled to appear in court again on October 24.

Moreno is accused of pushing her nephew Josiah Brown into the water near Chicago’s Navy Pier on September 19 and watching him sink underwater, prosecutors said. Divers found him about 30 minutes later after passers-by called 911 and threw a lifebuoy into the water.

The boy was transported in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died Sept. 25, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

On the morning of September 19, prosecutors said, Moreno stole the keys to a family truck in Des Plaines and “snuck out of the apartment without anyone knowing she had left.”

Prosecutors said Moreno wasn’t allowed to drive because she was taking medication for “mental health issues” and because of an incident a week earlier when she was driving to Navy Pier with several childrenChicago Sun Timesreported.

Moreno’s lawyer said during Tuesday’s hearing that the state had failed to prove his client had any “intent” to kill the boy. Illinois woman accused of pushing nephew into lake accused of murder

Sarah Y. Kim

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