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Ohio prosecutor to decide on charges in Cincinnati Zoo case

Prosecutor will decide if parents will be charged. (Source: AP Images) Prosecutor will decide if parents will be charged. (Source: AP Images)

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor is set to release his decision on whether he will pursue charges against the family of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit, leading to the fatal shooting of an endangered gorilla.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turz) has scheduled a news conference for Monday.

Legal experts have said that prosecution on child endangerment or similar charges seems unlikely. The family has declined to comment.

The zoo says it was the first such breach in Gorilla World's 38 years of existence, but the exhibit will reopen Tuesday with a higher, reinforced barrier.

The boy apparently climbed over the barrier May 28 before falling about 15 feet into a shallow moat. A special response team shot the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla to protect the boy.

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