(FOX 11/ AP)
The family of a young boy who got into a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit- leading zoo officials to shoot and kill the gorilla- will be the focus of an investigation, Cincinnati police said Tuesday.
Authorities said the investigation will look at the parents' actions leading up to the incident -- not the operation of the zoo, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Police will then confer with prosecutors over whether charges should be filed, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said.
A newly released Cincinnati police report says the boy fell 15 feet into water in the exhibit and then played in it. It says the gorilla climbed down to the boy, picked him up in an apparent effort to protect him and carried him up into the enclosure.
Police say the boy was alert and talking when rescued and had only minor scrapes on his head and knee.
The boy's parents have said he's doing fine.