The parents of the three-year-old child who fell into an enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo could be facing criminal charges after a gorilla was shot dead to rescue the boy.
Cincinnati Police released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “reviewing the facts and circumstances” around the incident which involved the death of 200 kilogram silverback Harambe.
It is believed that the boy fell 4.5 metres after climbing through a public barrier.
“Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a statement.
The police also confirmed that the child was three-years-old not four.
CPD statement on Cincinnati Zoo incident: We are closely reviewing the facts of the case. Updates will be provided. pic.twitter.com/8FkPKYliYC
— Cincinnati Police (@CincinnatiPD) May 31, 2016
Since Harambe’s death, over 400,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for the “parents to be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life”.
The petition argues that the death was a result of “parental negligence and the zoo is not responsible for the child’s injuries and possible trauma”.
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