The mother, Michelle Gregg, of the 3-year-old boy who entered the Gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo will not be charged with child endangerment. Hamilton County prosecutor, Joe Deters, announced the decision this morning and explained that the mother did nothing wrong.
The decision to not charge the family were based on surveillance cameras and witnesses, and all concluded that she was attentive. Gregg was seen with 3 other children and witnesses claim that her attention was gone for a few seconds and then somehow, the little boy was in the exhibit.
Deters says, “”kids can scamper off and they do.” He then added if Gregg had been, “in the bathroom smoking crack that would have been a different story, but that’s not what happened.”
He explained that if anybody does not believe that a 3-year-old can “scamper off”, then they have never had kids.
The incident occurred on May 28th and it involved the death of Harambe, a 450-pound gorilla, which enraged millions of people on the internet and thought Gregg was to blame. People were defending Harambe by starting an online petition, “Justice For Harambe,” with over 500,000 signatures and claimed that Harambe was protecting the child from the rowdy crowd screaming at the situation.
The gorilla did not need to be shot and killed, it was an extreme decision to help save the child. Using an animal tranquilizer or simply using a tazer to temporarily calm the gorilla would have been a smarter choice. The Zoo has modified the barrier separating civilians from the gorillas by raising it to 42-inches, so an incident like this to ever happen again will be very unlikely.