After video was released of a three-year-old falling into a gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo, leading to the 17-year-old Silverback gorilla being shot and killed by zookeepers, no one truly knew what the next steps should be. Some called for the end of zoos while others demanded that the parents of the child be charged with neglect.
Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters has officially made a decision and chosen to not charge the parents in the incident.
According to ABC, Deters said “none of the witnesses interviewed described the [boy’s] mother as anything but attentive to her children. Our information is that the mother turned away for a few seconds to attend to another one of her young children and that is when the 3-year-old was able to climb into the gorilla enclosure.”
He added that, “this could happen to even the most attentive parent.”
Deters went on to say that he has no idea how the boy only walked away with scrapes and bruises after the incident and that, while he’s remorseful over the death of Harambe, there was nothing criminal done about the situation.
“There was nothing that the mother could have done” in the incident, Deters said. “I just think we’re lucky that the zoo did what they had to do.”
Watch the press conference below: