The Ohio family that sparked a global outcry after a 3-year-old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure resulting in a 400 lbs. endangered primate being shot dead, has emerged from hiding five days after the tragedy.
Little Isaiah Dickerson bore a graze to his forehead as he left the family home on Wednesday afternoon (June 1) with his parents and three siblings. Wearing a bright orange 'Super Mario' T-shirt, he appeared to have recovered from minor injuries suffered in the terrifying episode at Cincinnati Zoo on May 28. Officials were forced to kill 17-year-old Harambe after the child climbed over a barrier and dropped into a moat, before being dragged around like a rag doll by the male silverback in front of alarmed visitors.
On Wednesday morning, two cops were seen arriving at the family's suburban Cincinnati townhouse to pick up the boy's mother Michelle Gregg, who was taken to a police station for one and a half hours of questioning. Later that day, the entire family loaded into their Toyota Minivan, which displays a 'disabled' tag, for an afternoon outing. A major public backlash has called for 32-year-old Gregg and Isaiah's dad Deonne Dickerson, 36, to be charged with negligence in the wake of the ape's death.
No decision has been made on criminal charges and the case is now in the hands of prosecutors.