Aunt accused of pushing 3-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan at Navy Pier pleads not guilty

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Friday, November 18, 2022
Aunt accused of pushing nephew into Lake Michigan pleads not guilty
Victoria Moreno, accused of pushing her 3-year-old nephew, Josiah Bell Brown, into Lake Michigan at Navy Pier in Chicago, pleaded not guilty.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The woman accused of pushing her nephew into Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, causing his death, has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said Victoria Moreno pushed the 3-year-old boy, Josiah Bell Brown, into the water back in September and did nothing to help get him out.

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The incident was captured on surveillance video, prosecutors said.

She's facing a first-degree murder charge.

According to her defense attorneys, Moreno has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, a condition for which she takes medication.

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