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Mom Will Not Be Charged in Zoo Mauling Case

2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall was killed in early November.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Elizabeth Derkosh, the mother of the late Maddox Derkosh, who was killed in a tragic mauling accident at the Pittsburgh Zoo in early November.

However, according to KDKA, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is investigating a possible criminal negligence charge against the zoo.

Elizabeth and 2-year-old Maddox, both of Whitehall Borough's Highgrove Road, were visiting the zoo on Nov. 4 when Maddox fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of an African painted dogs exhibit, according to a statement from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Pittsburgh police said that the child lost his balance after his mother lifted him in a standing position onto the 4-foot-high wooden railing that overlooks the enclosure. He was then mauled to death by the dogs.

KDKA reports that Zappala has specifically criticized zoo security, training and zoo officials' response to the accident.

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west view resident November 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
You've got to be joking... the mom places her kid in a very dangerous position and now they want to sue the zoo? Classy. Really classy.
Michele Kranik November 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
@west view resident: It's a criminal negligence CHARGE, not a suit. But I'm sure a suit may follow.
you can't fix stupid November 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Has anyone ever heard of personal responsibility?
Julia Farkas November 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I'm disgusted.

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