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Boy Critically Injured After Falling Into Lake Michigan, Police Questioning Person of Interest

The 3-year-old boy was taken to Lurie Children's Hospital, according to authorities

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Police are questioning a person of interest after a boy fell into Lake Michigan near Navy Pier Monday, authorities said.

At approximately 1 p.m., emergency personnel with the Chicago Fire Department were called to a portion of the lake in regard to a child in the water, according to a CFD spokesperson. The child, a 3-year-old boy, was taken to Lurie Children's Hospital while in cardiac arrest.

CPD Deputy Police Chief Gabriella Shemash said the boy fell in on the north end of the pier.

“EMS responded and immediately pulled the child from the water and rendered aid,” Shemash said at a news conference Monday evening.

Firefighters and police officers were gathered near an area next to several boats that were docked along the pier, but it was not clear if the boy fell from a boat or the pier itself. The north end is typically used as a service road and for parking, but a walkway extends along the waterline.

Police were asked several questions at the press conference, but did not reveal any additional details about the circumstances leading up to the boy falling in. The boy was listed in critical condition as of 4 p.m., according to authorities.

Navy Pier released a statement following the incident, and referred further questions to police.

“Navy Pier is deeply saddened to learn about the injury of a child pulled from the water this afternoon," the statement read. "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.”

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