Cops questioning adult after boy, 3, nearly drowns off Navy Pier

The boy entered the water near this spot on the North Side of Navy Pier. | Google

Chicago police are questioning a suspect after a 3-year-old child fell into Lake Michigan at Navy Pier and nearly drowned on Monday afternoon.

Hours later, Chicago police classified the incident as an aggravated battery of a child, suggesting that someone was responsible for his injuries. However, the investigation was still underway.

Chicago police and fire department divers searched the water for the boy and brought him out around 1:40 p.m. He was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The boy was with his aunt when he entered the water on the north side of the pier, according to a CPD report. Investigators reviewed surveillance video, spoke with witnesses, and took the aunt into custody at the scene, a source confirmed.

She remained in police custody as of early Tuesday morning.

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