Boy's Mauling Death Is Mom's Fault: Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo doesn't think Derkosh family should be allowed to sue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2013 2:26 PM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
Reporters and photographers gather at an observation area of the exhibit of African painted dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium near the overlook platform where Maddox Derkosh was killed.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, file)

(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says the mother of a 2-year-old boy fatally mauled in a wild African dogs exhibit is to blame in her son's death and shouldn't be allowed to sue. The claim filed Monday in Allegheny County is in response to a lawsuit brought by the parents of Maddox Derkosh. Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh are seeking unspecified damages in the Nov. 4 death of Maddox, who fell over a 4-foot railing into the exhibit after his mother lifted him up to get a better look.

The zoo says in the court filing that Maddox's death was "caused solely by the carelessness, negligence, and/or recklessness of Elizabeth Derkosh." The parents' attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said in a statement yesterday that "the zoo's position is dead wrong and shameful."

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Sep 14, 2013 11:42 PM CDT
Ban stupid mothers.
Sep 14, 2013 11:28 AM CDT
Well, I can tell school is out today. All the 13-year-olds are on Newser.
Sep 14, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
The mother needs a wake up call !! YOU DON"T sit a two year old on the walls and expect that the child will not fall. The mother was absent while they passed out "Comon sence" pills.