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November 28, 2012

Mother of mauled child will not be charged

The mother of the 2-year-old boy who was mauled at a Pa. will not face charges

PITTSBURGH — The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was mauled to death after falling into a zoo exhibit of wild African dogs won't be prosecuted.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Wednesday that Maddox Derkosh's death at the Pittsburgh Zoo was a "tragic accident."

His mother, 34-year-old Elizabeth Derkosh, had put him on top of a railing to view a pack of African painted dogs in early November. The boy fell off, the animals immediately pounced on him and he bled to death.

Zappala says witnesses described the boy lunging forward, as if he thought there was some sort of clear barrier to stop him.

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Zappala says he's still investigating whether any charges will be filed against the zoo, and what changes need to be made there.

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Michael A Prilla Michael A Prilla Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:26:03 AM Dear friends, I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your. name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by December 15, 2012, the White House will review it and respond! We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama. Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets. enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response. You can view and sign the petition here: http://wh.gov/XZ9c Here's some more information about this petition: Require zoo's to have more secure cages & enclosures keeping. animals in & people out of them thus preventing accidents. Require Zoo's to have more secure cages & enclosures keeping the. animals in and the people out of them thus preventing accidents. Incidents and accidents where people have gotten into Animal enclosures or animals have. gotten out of animal enclosures have happened at several Zoo's around. the world and recently at the Pittsburgh Zoo, resulting in injury and death. to animals and people. Fully enclosed animal enclosures will make such. incidents far less likely if not impossible and will save the lives of both. people and animals. Glass barriers, fences or bars where needed will allow. the public to enjoy and view the animals while keeping the two separate. This will not only serve public safety but also protect the animals many of. which may be threatened or endangered species.

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