Zoo to file charges for child endangering after 2-year-old boy falls into cheetah exhibit

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CLEVELAND - A 2-year-old boy fell into the cheetah exhibit at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, Cleveland EMS says he fell between 10 and 12 feet.

According to Cleveland EMS, the 2-year-old boy was removed from the exhibit and transported to MetroHealth Medical Center.

EMS originally told Fox 8 that the boy was 4, but zoo officials confirmed he was only 2.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has served summons and plans to file charges on Monday against the boy's parents for child endangering, according to a release. The zoo also said the cheetahs never made an attempt to interact with the boy.

Chris Kuhar, Executive Director at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo said the boy has a leg injury and they believe he was being dangled before he fell. His injuries were not caused from the cheetahs.

He is currently in stable condition.

The exhibit has been closed since the incident.

Stay with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more updates.

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