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Pittsburgh Zoo: Boy's mauling death is mom's fault

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says the mother of a 2-year-old boy fatally mauled in a wild African dogs exhibit is to blame in her son's death and shouldn't be allowed to sue.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says the mother of a 2-year-old boy fatally mauled in a wild African dogs exhibit is to blame in her son's death and shouldn't be allowed to sue.
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Updated: 9/12/2013 9:43 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says the mother of a 2-year-old boy fatally mauled in a wild African dogs exhibit is to blame in her son's death and shouldn't be allowed to sue.

The claim filed Monday in Allegheny County is in response to a lawsuit brought by the parents of Maddox Derkosh.

Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh are seeking unspecified damages in the Nov. 4 death of Maddox, who fell over a 4-foot-tall railing into the exhibit after his mother lifted him up to get a better look.

The zoo says in the court filing that Maddox's death was "caused solely by the carelessness, negligence and/or recklessness of Elizabeth Derkosh."

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



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SierraCrews86 - 9/12/2013 11:26 AM
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I wouldn"t say the zoo was at "fault" per say no. This mother lifted up her child to get a "better look" as all of us mothers have before. But Me myself, I never trust any structure. If I have to lift one of my children just so they can "get a better look" then I hold them, on my hip, in my arms or even on my shoulders. I would never lift my child over a railing especially of a potentially dangerous animal. The mother was obviously not thinking correctly and should not be a fauly for "killing" her child, no. But neither should the zoo. It was a horrible accident. Could it have been prevented probably, probably even on both ends. But I do not believe either party should be "at fault".... Thats just MY opinion in this matter though.. Prayers for the family and I sincerely hope things work out for everyone effected by this tragic event.

Caleverts399 - 9/12/2013 10:42 AM
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I agree, it was the Mothers fault and he was in her care and even literally in her hands. You cannot go around suing because YOU screwed up! It's sad ending but ....she will have to carry this one herself!
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