Boy Who Fell Into Cheetah Exhibit Was Dangled Over Railing, Zoo Says

The mom has been charged with child endangerment, authorities said.

ByABC News
April 13, 2015, 1:35 PM

— -- A mother accused of dangling her 2-year-old child over a railing at a Cleveland zoo when he fell into a cheetah exhibit was charged today with child endangerment, authorities said.

Michelle Schwab, of Delaware, Ohio, was charged in Cleveland Municipal Court, the Associated Press reported.

The boy suffered a leg injury and was taken to Metro Hospital on Saturday, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo officials said.

The cheetahs ignored the toddler, whose parents climbed into the exhibit to get him out, zoo officials said.

"You could just hear the screams and all you could see was the adult that jumped in got the kid," Michael Lurie, another visitor to the zoo who witnessed the incident, told WEWS-TV. "Then somebody pulled him out."

Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray told The Associated Press that the toddler was treated for bumps and bruises.

Schwab could not be reached for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.