More details on the tragic death of a toddler at a Pittsburgh zoo: His mother had put the boy, Maddox Derkosh, on an exhibit railing before he fell, and it was the spotted dogs that killed him rather than the fall, reports WPXI Pittsburgh. The update comes from Barbara Baker, president of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: "The zoo feels terrible about this tragic accident that happened," she said, fighting back tears at a press conference. "It's your worst nightmare as a zoo professional."
A next-door neighbor of Maddox said she saw his parents, Elizabeth and Jason Derkosh, leaning on each other as they walked through the neighborhood. "As a mom, I can’t imagine this tragedy," she said. "Your heart stops when your kid skins their knee, I can’t imagine what she’s going through." The zoo also revealed details on its response to the dogs' fierce attack, saying one dog was shot to let staff members get near Maddox, and the dogs will stay in quarantine rather than be euthanized, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.