Prosecutor to decide if charges filed in gorilla incident

Family “evaluating” hiring attorney in response to possible findings.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said no decision on any possible charges related to the death of a zoo gorilla will be made until Friday at the earliest.

The Cincinnati Police Department finished its investigation Wednesday surrounding the incident involving a 3-year-old child who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday.

According to prosecutor officials, “the earliest that Mr. Deters will conclude his review would be Friday.”

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The investigation was focused on the interaction between the child and his mother leading up to the incident.

Harambe, a male silverback gorilla was shot and killed Saturday in an effort to protect the child.

Gail Myers, a public relations spokeswoman hired by the child’s family, said the family “is evaluating” the option of hiring an attorney in response to the police investigation and its possible findings.

In a statement relayed by Myers from the family they said: “Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is still doing well. We continue to praise God for His grace and mercy, and to be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child.”

“The family continues to decline all interview and meeting requests,” according to the family’s statement.