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DA: Pittsburgh Zoo removing deck where tot fell


February 19. 2013 8:51PM
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(AP) The Pittsburgh Zoo is removing an observation deck from which a 2-year-old boy fell before he was fatally mauled by wild African dogs in an exhibit below.


Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. issued a statement confirming the platform's removal after he met with zoo leaders and toured the exhibit Thursday.


Zappala announced last week that 34-year-old Elizabeth Derkosh won't be prosecuted in the Nov. 4 death of her son, Maddox. Zappala called his death a tragic accident.


The boy, who had vision issues, leaned forward and fell into the exhibit after his mother lifted him onto a wooden rail overlooking the dogs' enclosure.


Zappala has said his investigation continues to review how to prevent future accidents and whether anyone at the zoo contributed to the boy's death.


Associated Press


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