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The parents of three year-old Isiah Dickerson, who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, are the focus of an investigation by police.
“The investigation is regarding the action of parents and family that led up to the incident and is not related to zoo operations,” Cincinnati Police Department spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy told the New York Post.
“We’re looking into the incidents that led up to the incident,” she added.
The parents, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson, have been accused by some of setting off a chain of events that led to their three year-old son entering the enclosure, prompting zoo officials to shoot and kill the endangered gorilla, named Harambe. Dickerson was not at the zoo at the time of the incident.
Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters confirmed the investigation in a statement.
“The incident at the Cincinnati Zoo involving the young child who fell into the gorilla enclosure is under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department,” he wrote.
“Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges. When the investigation and review are complete, we will update the media,” Deters added.
With the police focus turned on the boy’s family, there is the possibility that they could be charged with a crime, TMZ reported. Cincinnati police are not investigating the Cincinnati Zoo as it falls under the United States Department of Agriculture’s jurisdiction.
The child’s mother, 32-year-old Michelle Gregg, posted a message on Facebook that confirmed it was her son who fell in the gorilla enclosure.
I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today. What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one.
For those of you that have seen the news or been on social media that was my son that fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo. God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him.
My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes… no broken bones or internal injuries.
As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids.
Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today.
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