The prosecutor in Cincinnati announced their decision on whether or not to bring criminal charges against the mother of the boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure, and people aren’t going to like the conclusion they came to.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters came out Monday morning and said that after investigating the matter, he’s not going to be charging Michelle Gregg with negligence for allowing her son to fall into the enclosure, which resulted in zoo officials being forced to kill a gorilla named Harambe.
TMZ has more on the latest development:
Hamilton County prosecutor, Joe Deters, announced Monday morning that Michelle Gregg was not negligent when her 3-year-old boy strayed at the Cincinnati Zoo. He pointed out she had 3 other children with her and based on surveillance cameras and witnesses … she was attentive.
Deters said quite simply “kids can scamper off and they do.” He added, if Gregg had been “in the bathroom smoking crack that would have been a different story, but that’s not what happened.”
After zoo officials killed Harambe to save the boy … many blamed Gregg and clamored for her to face criminal charges, but Deters said, “There’s nothing that the mother could have done.”
In his statement, Deter also supported the zoo’s “painful choice” to have to kill the animal, “but it’s still an animal,” he said.
“It does not equate to human life,” Deter added.