No Charges for Mother in Harambe the Gorilla’s Death

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a prosecutor’s decision on whether to file charges against the family of a 3-year-old boy who entered a gorilla exhibit (all times local):

1 p.m.

An Ohio prosecutor says he isn’t seeking charges against the mother of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, resulting in the shooting of an endangered gorilla to protect him.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) announced the decision Monday. He says the child’s mother had three other children with her, and she was attending to them when the 3-year-old “just scampered off.”

The Cincinnati police had investigated the family’s actions in the incident May 28.

The zoo plans to reopen its Gorilla World on Tuesday with a higher, reinforced barrier. The boy apparently climbed over the outer barrier before falling some 15 feet into a shallow moat. A special response team shot and killed the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla named Harambe to protect the boy.

12:25 a.m.

An Ohio prosecutor is set to release his decision on whether he will pursue charges against the family of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, leading to the fatal shooting of an endangered gorilla.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turz) has scheduled a news conference for Monday.

Legal experts have said that prosecution on child endangerment or similar charges seems unlikely. The family has declined to comment.

The zoo says it was the first such breach in Gorilla World’s 38 years of existence, but the exhibit will reopen Tuesday with a higher, reinforced barrier.

The boy apparently climbed over the barrier May 28 before falling about 15 feet into a shallow moat. A special response team shot the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla to protect the boy.


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