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Zoo's gorilla exhibit incident remains under investigation

The Cincinnati Police Department is investigating the incident where a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, leading to the death of one of the gorillas. (Photo: Youtube/ Watch Life) The Cincinnati Police Department is investigating the incident where a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, leading to the death of one of the gorillas. (Photo: Youtube/ Watch Life)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The investigation into the incident where a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, leading to the death of one of the gorillas, is still continuing as of Wednesday evening, according to City Manager Harry Black.

Black said Wednesday the investigation is being reviewed by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's office.

In a statement, the police department says they are reviewing the facts and circumstances that led to the boy falling into the enclosure. The statement went on to say the review is only regarding the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident and not related to the operation or safety of the Cincinnati Zoo, which is under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture.

"Once (Cincinnati Police Department's) investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced on Tuesday.

Deters did not detail when the investigation would conclude.

On Tuesday, animal protection watchdog group, SAEN, blamed the Cincinnati Zoo for the incident, filing an official complaint to the USDA. 

The mother of the 3-year-old boy has faced harsh criticism on social following the incident. 

Activists have created a petition called "Harambe's Law" that would give legal consequences when an endangered animal is harmed or killed due to the negligence of visitors.  

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has video recordings, or has any additional information regarding this incident are asked to Cincinnati police at 513-352-3542.

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