UPDATE 06/06/16 1:03 p.m.: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Monday that no charges would be filed against the mother of the child who fell into the gorilla area at Cincinnati Zoo, WCPO reports. Deters told WRAL that Michelle Gregg's actions were "not even close" to warranting reckless endangerment charges. In a statement to FOX 19, the Gregg family thanked those who have supported them during this difficult time:
The family is very pleased with this decision; it is what we expected. This is one more step in allowing us to put this tragic episode behind us and return to our normal family life. We extend thanks to all of those who have been praying for us and who have supported us through this trying ordeal and praise to God for his mercy and grace.
See original story from 05/31/16 below.
After thousands petitioned for it, authorities are now looking into the family of the 3-year-old boy who entered a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo over the weekend. The 10-minute ordeal, which found a 450-pound gorilla named Harambe dragging the boy through the water, ended when officials shot the endangered animal to death.
Cincinnati police confirmed their investigation "is only regarding the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident and not related to the operation or safety of the Cincinnati Zoo," according to CNN.
Spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy went on to say, "After the review, we will determine if charges need to be brought forward. If it is determined charges need to be brought forward, we would then discuss it with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office."
The boy, who only suffered a concussion and a few minor injuries, made his way into the enclosure after telling his mother that he wanted to see the gorilla up close. As social media chimed in to blame her for the incident, the boy’s mother posted a thankful message on Facebook which didn’t seem to quell enraged animal supporters. "As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids," she reportedly wrote. "Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today."