Mother of toddler who fell into gorilla enclosure escapes charges

The mother of a toddler who fell into a gorilla enclosure at a US zoo has escaped charges.

A prosecutor announced the verdict at a news conference in Cincinnati on Monday, stating that: “Our information is that the mother turned away for a few seconds to attend to another one of her young children and that is when the 3-year-old was able to climb into the gorilla enclosure.”

“Any parent who is honest with himself or herself would have to understand how this could happen to even the most attentive parent.”


“I am very sorry about the loss of this gorilla, but nothing about this situation rises to the level of a criminal charge.”

Controversy erupted after a rare, endangered gorilla was shot and killed in order to protect the young boy.