No charges against mother in Cincinnati gorilla case

June 6, 2016 22:06

No criminal charges will be filed against the mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, causing zookeepers to kill an endangered gorilla to protect the child, an Ohio prosecutor said on Monday.

A 17-year-old endangered western lowland silverback gorilla named Harambe was shot by zoo staff in the minutes after the boy fell on May 28, touching off a storm of criticism aimed at both the zoo and the boy's mother.

Some critics had called for criminal charges against the mother, who was with the boy at the zoo, for reckless endangerment. The boy suffered a concussion and some scrapes but escaped serious injury.

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