The family of a boy who entered a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla’s enclosure last weekend — spurring zoo officials to shoot and kill the animal — will be the focus of an investigation into the incident, Cincinnati police said Tuesday, according to CNN.
Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson are the parents of the 3-year-old boy that was dragged across a moat by the 450-pound gorilla on Saturday. After a 10-minute encounter, Cincinnati Zoo officials shot and killed the endangered gorilla, named Harambe. The boy was not seriously injured. Here’s a clip of what happened.
Cincinnati police said their review,
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.
“After the review, we will determine if charges need to be brought forward,” police spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy said. “If it is determined charges need to be brought forward, we would then discuss it with the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office.” Authorities have said the boy’s mother was with the child at the time he slipped past a fence and tumbled into the moat.