Mother of 3-Year-Old Boy Who Climbed Into Gorilla Enclosure Will Not Face Criminal Charges
The mother of the 3-year-old boy who climbed into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo will not face any charges.
Cincinnati police have questioned the boy's mother, 32-year-old Michelle Gregg, but published reports now say they will recommend no criminal prosecution.
Many are furious that the mother failed to stop the child from entering the compound on Sunday, leading to the death of the silverback gorilla, Harambe.
Now some legal observers are wondering if the mom may sue the Cincinnati Zoo for not making the gorilla compound secure enough.
Legal expert Royal Oakes told Inside Edition: “What kind of a design do you have if a 3-year-old, if you look away for a moment, is able to climb over and suddenly spend time with a gorilla? The zoo could sue the parents because the gorilla ended up getting killed. That would be as popular as the Ebola virus.”
Meanwhile, the Gorilla World exhibit, which has been closed since the horrific incident that garnered worldwide attention, is set to reopen Tuesday.
Officials have spent the last week installing new mesh fencing around the gorilla compound to make it more secure.