Prosecutor to announce decision on zoo charges

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Cincinnati Zoo faces criticism from animal rights activists over shooting of gorilla after young boy fell into his enclosure.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — The prosecutors office will announce Monday whether there will be charges filed against the family whose son fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will announce his decision at 1 p.m. Monday. He will weigh the mother’s actions, witness accounts and what police found in their review.

A three-year-old made it past the barriers and into the gorilla enclosure on May 28 at the Cincinnati Zoo. The boy was then dragged around the exhibit by 17-year-old Harambe. Ultimately, the zoo shot and killed the 400 pound silver-back.

The killing of the gorilla caused a lot of backlash, with some people blaming the zoo, and others blaming the boy’s mother.

Earlier, Cincinnati Police said they were focusing their investigation on the child’s parents and family and turned their results over to the prosecutor’s office.

The Gorilla World Exhibit will reopen Tuesday with a new barrier in place.

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