Mother of Boy Mauled by Wild Dogs in Zoo Enclosure Won’t Be Charged.

Authorities have decided not to charge 34 year-old Elizabeth Derkosh for criminal negligence after a dog bite accident at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Zoo which led to her son’s death.

Derkosh‘s 2 year-old son, Maddox, was killed at the zoo after falling over the railing and into an enclosure containing wild African dogs.  The animals immediately attacked the boy, who later died of blood loss resulting from numerous dog bites.

Authorities say the boy suffered from vision problems, and apparently believed there was a clear barrier separating him from the enclosure.  They have classified his wrongful death as a “tragic accident.”

Authorities intend to continue investigating the wrongful death to determine whether the zoo is guilty of child endangerment or other criminal negligence.

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