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Donated Toy Trucks Honor Young Zoo Victim
About 3K pour in after death of Maddox Derkosh in Pittsburgh
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2012 3:55 PM CST
A woman collects toy trucks at the funeral of 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh at Saint Bernard Church in Mount Lebanon, Pa., on Friday.   (AP Photo/Tribune Review, Justin Merriman)

(Newser) – Toy construction trucks have been pouring into the funeral home handling arrangements for a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled when he fell into a wild dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh zoo. The parents of Maddox Derkosh requested the toys instead of flowers because their son liked them. More than 3,000 have been donated, and the William Slater II funeral home says it will continue accepting the trucks even after the boy's funeral today. The family intends to donate the trucks to a charity that will distribute them to needy children on Christmas.

"We will never forget this as long as we live," said funeral director William Slater as he stood among dozens of toy trucks in a viewing room. Investigations continue into the boy's death, which happened after he fell from a wooden railing overlooking the exhibit Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The boy's mother placed him on the rail and he somehow slipped away, bounced off a small net, and fell about 10 feet more into the enclosed exhibit. The county medical examiner determined that the boy survived the fall but bled to death from the attack.

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Nov 10, 2012 6:56 AM CST
I wonder if she is a Floridian. Florida is still counting the votes because it takes a long time the change all of the Obama votes to Romney. Or maybe Floridians can't count. Remember they live in the South and their calendar says it it 1864.
Nov 9, 2012 11:30 PM CST
If that were my kid, i would have been down there in the enclosure, punting wild dogs the second he fell. I don't understand why some people can't put it all on the line, especially to protect their children. These things are 30 inches tall, and i know they're tough in groups but come on, it's your kid. Take one of the team. and why don't the zoo keepers have bear mace, that would have solved the problem in about 2 seconds. It cost about 30 dollars and is sold at most gun and hunting stores, and it can be ordered online. This kid should still be alive.
Nov 9, 2012 7:46 PM CST
My heart is broken....that poor baby chewed up by a pack of wild dogs.Yes, there are some people out there who shouldn't procreate. However, who are we to judge who have good parenting skills? So sad.