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.
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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