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No Charges For Mom Of Boy Who Climbed Into Gorilla Pit

| by Brendan Kelly

The mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit will not be charged, CNN reports.

"By all accounts, this mother did not act in any way where she presented this child to some harm," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a statement on June 6. "She had three other kids with her and turned her back ... And if anyone doesn't believe a 3-year-old can scamper off very quickly, they've never had kids."

After the boy fell into the gorilla exhibit on May 28, he had a 10-minute encounter with a 450-pound silverback gorilla, Harambe, reports KTLA. Zookeepers shot and killed Harambe to save the child's life after the gorilla dragged him around a moat.

The boy's family has faced much scrutiny following the incident, with many on social media placing blame on the parents, claiming they neglected their child as he climbed into the gorilla exhibit. The boy survived the incident without serious injuries.

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The Cincinnati Zoo says it stands by the decision to shoot Harambe to protect the child.

Sources: CNNKTLA / Photo credit: Cincinnati Zoo via KTLA

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