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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.

Read: 9 Frightening Animal Encounters: When a Day at the Zoo Becomes a Nightmare

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.” 

Read: Mom's Panicked 911 Call from Zoo's Gorilla Exhibit: 'He's Dragging My Son, I Can't Watch This'

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.

Watch: Gorilla Saga Brings Back Agonizing Memories for Mom Whose Son Was Attacked in 2004 

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