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Ohio Mom Sentenced For Dropping 2-Year-Old Son Into Zoo Cheetah Pit

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Michelle Schwab, accused of dropping her 2-year-old son into Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s cheetah exhibit in April, was sentenced to a year of probation in court Wednesday morning. 

Schwab’s sentence includes parenting classes, counseling and evaluation, according to WKYC. She was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, but the measure was suspended in court. The suspension is to be determined by the outcome of her probation.

Police claim that Schwab, a childcare worker from Columbus, Ohio, carried her son over the railing at the zoo, which led to the 10-foot fall that broke his leg. The cheetahs did not harm the boy, who was rescued by his parents. 

Schwab, 38, was charged in May with child endangering after the incident, and pleaded no contest to lowered charges of aggravated trespassing, reports NBC News.  

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Schwab’s lawyers said in Wednesday's court session that the incident and the media attention that accompanied it caused her to experience stress and anxiety, according to the Daily Mail.

“Everything happened so fast,” Schwab said in court on Wednesday, according to WKYC. “It was the worst day of my life."

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine said that Schwab’s actions were “unconscionable."

“I have a lot of concerns that this event took place, to put a child on top of an enclosure,” Adrine added, according to NBC News. 

Sources: NBC News, WKYC, Daily Mail
Photo Credit: Shane Snider/WKYC-TV, WikiCommons