PROSECUTOR: No charges to be filed against mother of child who entered gorilla exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo
An Ohio prosecutor says no charges will be filed against parents of a boy who entered a Cincinnati Zoo exhibit, resulting in the gorilla's shooting death.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio prosecutor says no charges will be filed against the mother of a boy who entered a Cincinnati Zoo exhibit, resulting in the gorilla's shooting death.
The announcement took place Monday afternoon.
The family of the child says it is pleased by a prosecutor's decision not to charge the mother with any crimes.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Monday that he wasn't seeking any charges against the mother, who was at the zoo with her son the day he entered the gorilla exhibit.
The boy's family says, "This is one more step in allowing us to put this tragic episode behind us and return to our normal family life."
The boy apparently climbed over the outer barrier of the gorilla exhibit before falling some 15 feet into a shallow moat May 28. A special response team shot and killed the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla to protect him.
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