BAD MOM: Zoo blames mom for tragic death of 2yr. old boy mauled to death by African wild dogs

Published on September 12, 2013

A Pittsburgh zoo where a two-year-old boy died after being mauled in a wild African dogs exhibit has accused the toddler’s mom of being at fault for the tragic death.

Maddox Derkosh died on Nov. 4 when he fell over a 4-foot-tall railing into the exhibit after his mom had lifted him up to get a better look.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has accused mom Elizabeth Derkosh of negligence in a claim filed on Monday in response to a lawsuit brought by her and husband Jason Derkosh seeking unspecified damages from the zoo for their son’s death.

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The zoo said in the court filing that Maddox’s death was ’caused solely by the carelessness, negligence and/or recklessness of Elizabeth Derkosh,’ and that she shouldn’t be allowed to sue them.

The parents’ attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said in a statement on Wednesday that ‘the zoo’s position is dead wrong and shameful.’

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