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Aunt accused of pushing 3-year-old nephew off Navy Pier found fit to stand trial

CHICAGO — The woman accused of pushing her 3-year-old nephew off Navy Pier, resulting in his death less than a week later, is fit to stand trial, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Victoria Moreno, who was initially charged with attempted murder before prosecutors upgraded their charges to murder in the first degree, was found fit for trial with medication. She is due to appear in court on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

According to police, the boy was pushed into the water off Navy Pier on Sept. 19, 2022 by Moreno. The 3-year-old was airlifted to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition following multiple heart attacks and seizures.

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Divers located the boy’s body at the bottom of Lake Michigan about 30 minutes after he was allegedly pushed in.

He died days later on Monday, Sept. 25.

A police source told WGN Investigates that Navy Pier surveillance video appeared to show Moreno allegedly throwing the 3-year-old boy into Lake Michigan.

Police alleged Moreno did not attempt to rescue her nephew.

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