The parents of the 4-year-old boy who fell into the Gorilla exhibit (video) are Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson.
The 32-year-old Gregg works at a nursery school in Cincinnati. She posted a now-deleted Facebook post thanking the zoo for making the difficult decision to shoot the gorilla to save her son. Gregg and the boy’s father have faced online backlash after the incident. Police are looking into the matter to assess criminal wrong doing. Gregg has deleted her Facebook account, for now.
GREGG: “I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today. What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one. For those of you that have seen the news or been on social media that was my son that fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo. God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to hi. My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes… no broken bones or internal injuries.
As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off their child and if anyone knows me I keep tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today. Thank you to everyone that helped me and my son today and most importantly God for being the awesome God He is.”
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