Ohio mom Michelle Schwab has been charged with child endangerment after she allegedly dropped her two-year-old son into a cheetah’s pit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The incident broke the child’s leg, as per Fox 8.
The boy slipped from his mom’s hand when the 37-year-old childcare worker hanged his son over the edge of the zoo railing on Saturday.
Zoo officials informed that the boy was immediately rescued by his father, who jumped over the railing before the cats’ attentions were drawn toward the boy.
Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray informed the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Schwab was holding another boy at that time.
Officials at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo said the cheetahs did not approach the boy or his parents.
“You just hear these screams, then all you could see is the adult that jumped in, got the child and then somebody pulled him out,” one of the witnesses told Fox8.
“It was a heavier-set guy with the kid. They started screaming and that’s when they started blocking everybody off.”
The zoo’s executive director, Chris Kuhar, said the mother made a blunder.
“Unfortunately, we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the railing,” Kuhar said.
The zoo closed the cheetah show for the rest of the day.
The mother, who works as the assistant director of a Kindercare center in Columbus, was on leave from her job.
“She is currently home with her family, and will remain out of our center while this issue is investigated and addressed,” spokeswoman Colleen Moran told the Daily News through a released statement.
The horrific incident compelled the Kindercare to conduct its own investigation. It will get into the details as to how other children are being taken care of by employees.
The arraignment of Delaware resident Schwab was scheduled to be take place on April 22.