Prosecutor to announce decision on zoo charges

A child touches the head of a gorilla statue where flowers have been placed outside the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Cincinnati. On Saturday, a special zoo response team shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat. Authorities said the boy is expected to recover. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — The prosecutors office will announce Monday whether there will be charges filed against the family whose son fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will announce his decision at 1 p.m. Monday. He will weigh the mother’s actions, witness accounts and what police found in their review.

A three-year-old made it past the barriers and into the gorilla enclosure on May 28 at the Cincinnati Zoo. The boy was then dragged around the exhibit by 17-year-old Harambe. Ultimately, the zoo shot and killed the 400 pound silver-back.

The killing of the gorilla caused a lot of backlash, with some people blaming the zoo, and others blaming the boy’s mother.

Earlier, Cincinnati Police said they were focusing their investigation on the child’s parents and family and turned their results over to the prosecutor’s office.

The Gorilla World Exhibit will reopen Tuesday with a new barrier in place.

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