We have a feeling this decision will cause A LOT of feelings.
On Monday, the prosecutor involved in handling the death of Harambe the gorilla made a key decision in the upsetting case.
The development comes on the heels of heated discussions surrounding the decision to kill Harambe after a three-year-old boy snuck into the beloved animal’s Cincinnati Zoo enclosure on May 28.
Now prosecutor Joe Deters has revealed the mother, Michelle Gregg, will not be charged with negligence or any other criminal charges despite the public outcry.
Mr. Deters expressed in his to-the-point statement:
“By all accounts, this mother did not act in any way that she presented this child into some harm. She had three other kids with her, and she turned her back. I’ve gotten dozens if not hundreds of emails about this case. If anyone can’t believe a 3-year-old can scamper off very quickly, then they’ve never had kids. If she was smoking in the bathroom, it would be a different story.”
Well, it sounds like Joe is summing this case up as a tragic accident. We can’t say we’re surprised based off of countless eyewitness accounts and other testimonials on behalf of Mrs. Gregg.
As for Michelle and her family, their rep released the following message shortly after the announcement:
“The family is very pleased with this decision; it is what we expected. This is one more step in allowing us to put this tragic episode behind us and return to our normal family life. We extend thanks to all of those who have been praying for us and who have supported us through this trying ordeal and praise to God for His mercy and grace.”
The rep also went on to add that the family doesn’t want any monetary donations on their behalf. Instead, the family suggests supporters donate to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.
Even though we’re still heartbroken over Harambe’s passing, we hope everyone involved can now begin the healing process.
Though we have to ask, do YOU agree with the decision??
[Image via Twitter.]