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Remember the kid who died at the zoo recently? His mom won't be facing any charges.

Posted by on Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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Mother avoids charges after dogs kill son at Pittsburgh Zoo

 IMAGE: A child was killed by a pack of dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

The prosecutor is still determining if the zoo is at fault.

A prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges against the mother of a 2-year-old boy who was killed after falling into a pit of wild dogs and mauled at the Pittsburgh Zoo, but he said on Wednesday he was still determining whether the zoo was at fault.

"I haven't found anything to indicate any crime was committed by the mother," Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told a news conference. He called the death a "tragic accident."

Maddox Derkosh was killed almost immediately after he fell over the railing of an exhibit of African painted dogs and was attacked by 11 of the animals.

His mother, Elizabeth Derkosh, 34, had lifted him on top of the railing to give the boy with poor eyesight a better view. Holding him by the waist, she lost control, Zappala said. The child may have believed there was a Plexiglas barrier as he appeared to lunge forward, the prosecutor said.

Zookeepers rushed to the exhibit area housing the animals, firing darts to frighten them away, but it was too late. One dog that was particularly aggressive was killed.

Zappala said he was still investigating whether the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium might be culpable of negligence, manslaughter or endangering welfare of children because of the design of the exhibit.

"I have reached one conclusion and that is we are going to work together, with the zoo and with these administrative and regulatory agencies, and we're going to do as best we can to prevent this type of tragedy from ever happening again," Zappala said.

African painted dogs are endangered and native to sub-Saharan Africa, according to the National Geographic website. They are also known as Cape hunting dogs because of their mottled coats with patches of red, black, brown, white and yellow fur.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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Oh ffs! Put up dumbass negligent parent-proof barriers, please. The children of these parents need to be protected from them.

AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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Unfortunately nothing stays idiot proof for long. We just keep getting better idiots.

Quoting Goodwoman614:

Oh ffs! Put up dumbass negligent parent-proof barriers, please. The children of these parents need to be protected from them.


glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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Well atleast the idiot will have to live with that image for the rest of her life.

canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM
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While she was incredibly stupid, so far stupidity isn't illegal. Honestly I don't think anything could compare to living the rest of your life knowing that your child is dead because of your idiocy.
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SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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 She lost her child and listened to him screaming as wild dogs were ripping his flesh off in front of her eyes. She has suffered enough. 

PortiaRose
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:04 AM
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Exactly. I'm a bitch. A rotten, hard-core, insufferable asshole, but I just don't have the heart to bash this poor woman.

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 She lost her child and listened to him screaming as wild dogs were ripping his flesh off in front of her eyes. She has suffered enough. 

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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:08 AM
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2yos don't 'believe there is a plexiglass barrier' ... they lack judgement and experience and lunge at things with absolutely no idea that they can't fly, won't float, or are in any danger of any kind.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM

My sister fell off a balcony before she was 18mo, in fairly similar circumstances: mom was holding her, and she managed to fling herself away anyhow. Happily, she landed on her back on a pile of gravel --not the concrete retaining wall beside it-- and got the wind knocked out of her and sand in her diaper.

And a lifetime of 'you were dropped on your head' jokes.

Sometimes things happen that no one could have seen coming.

Quoting canadianmom1974:

While she was incredibly stupid, so far stupidity isn't illegal. Honestly I don't think anything could compare to living the rest of your life knowing that your child is dead because of your idiocy.


kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM
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I agree with the decision.  She didn't mean for harm to come to her son, and having watched him die a violent death is more than enough punishment, in my opinion.  And it most definitely was not the zoo's fault she made a stupid choice.

Bennett121
by Bronze Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM
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 I agree. The punishment of that is enough. She will never be able to forgive herself. I know I would never get over it if my kid died because of a stupid mistake on my part.

Quoting canadianmom1974:

While she was incredibly stupid, so far stupidity isn't illegal. Honestly I don't think anything could compare to living the rest of your life knowing that your child is dead because of your idiocy.

 

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