Toddler Pushed Into Lake Michigan By Trusted Relative

Surveillance video captured the moment a 3-year-old boy was pushed into Lake Michigan near Navy Pier in Chicago on Monday.

The Chicago Police Department said the toddler was pulled from Lake Michigan in “very critical condition” around 1 p.m.

The boy, who went into cardiac arrest, was rushed to Lurie Children’s Hospital where he is fighting for his life.

A relative who was at the scene initially told officers she had witnessed the incident, but later said she was holding the boy’s shirt and let him fall into the water.

But surveillance footage from the pier shows the woman pushed the boy toward the edge of the pier and then threw him into the water, according to a police report.

The relative made no attempt to rescue the boy or to call 911, according to the report.

Chicago Police Deputy Chief Gabriella Shemash said detectives are “reviewing everything and exploring all options” in a news conference late Monday afternoon.

“As with any incident involving children, these are difficult circumstances,” Shemash said. “We ask that you keep the family in your thoughts.”

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Officials at Navy Pier released the following statement Monday night:

“We are working very closely with the Chicago Police Department as they investigate the incident. Our hearts are with the child and his loved ones.”

The female relative was taken into custody. Charges have not yet been announced.

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