Parents of Boy Fatally Mauled Sue Pittsburgh Zoo

Their 2-year-old boy, Maddox Derkosh, fell into a wild African painted dogs exhibit last year and was killed.

The parents of the 2-year-old boy named Maddox, who was killed after falling into a wild African painted dogs exhibit last fall, have filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for unspecified damages, according to WPXI. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh of Whitehall Borough claims that zoo officials had ample warning that parents routinely lift their children onto a rail overlooking the exhibit so that the children can see the dogs better, according to the report. The lawsuit states that zoos across the country have more and better safeguards in place to keep children safe. Thoughts on the lawsuit? Share in the comments below. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Glenn Robinson May 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Here is an extortion law suit, designed for settlement. It will cost the Zoo more to fight than it will to just give them money. I’m betting on a fast and quiet settlement.
william atwell May 24, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I think Pittsburgh zoo should be suing the mother for stupidity, loss of the animals and so on. I have been to the zoo many of times any one who has sat at the painted dog exhibit knew there was no plexiglas. Here is another case where I act stupid and negligent but it's still someone else's fault
American Proud May 24, 2013 at 02:27 PM
This is what happens to the Zoo because the DA didn't file charges against her.
BobE May 24, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Tragic all around
Alex May 24, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Remember when Michael Jackson scared an audience by holding a child over a balcony? I guess if he had dropped the child, he should have sued the balcony manufacturer. I hope some rich person steps forward and donates money to fight this lawsuit, and I hope the zoo counter-sues for the cost of their defense.
Glenn Robinson May 24, 2013 at 06:59 PM
What do you do when you just can't wrap you head around the horrible consequences of your actions? Blame and/or sue someone else, that's what. Ahhh, life in the United States, disgusting, isn't it.
Lynne May 24, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Duke May 24, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I have lost all respect for the family because of their seeking monetary damages when the mother was negligent by lifting her child up. In my not so humble opinion the family should not prevail in their law suit.
Oren Spiegler May 24, 2013 at 09:08 PM
To this point, members of the Derkosh family have been supremely sympathetic figures, abiding in the hearts and prayers of caring people. The Pittsburgh Zoo now becomes a sympathetic entity as it is served with an unfortunate lawsuit. In today's world, any tragedy that befalls an individual is someone's fault, and we seek to make the person or entity we see as being at fault pay, going after those with the deepest pockets. In order to properly defend this lawsuit, the Zoo would have to ascribe some responsibility to the mother, something which it surely will not do in order to avoid being seen as cold-hearted. This would no doubt be a jury trial, and jurors have more of a tendency to be sympathetic and to act on emotion than a panel of judges. For that reason, I agree with Glenn Robinson; this case will be settled swiftly. I wish it had not been filed.
B May 26, 2013 at 02:53 AM
The Zoo... deep pockets? If there is any settlement of high value our Zoo might need assistance from the city.
Ed M May 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM
While this was a tragic event, isn't there responsibility on the parents part?
Jeremy May 30, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Wow totally lame on the parents part. They should have been charged with child negligent homicide or child endangerment at the VERY least..jerkoffs
Larry June 01, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Oh, who did not see this coming? The DA's office should have filed charges for something, even wrongful endangerment if not negligent homicide against the mother and this lawsuit would most likely never have occurred. I just knew that eventually this family was going to go after the zoo. I had been to that exhibit and if you really wanted to see the dogs better you could go to the side of the exhibit and let a little one watch the dogs through a clear barrier at ground level. But, NO, she had to lift her child above the safety railing and toss her kid to the dogs. Also, seems most news articles always mention the safety-net that poor child bounced off, but few mentioned that it was there to catch cameras, cell phones, and other small items people might accidentally drop. It was not designed to prevent parents from killing their children. I truly hope the courts see this for what it is, a frivolous lawsuit and treats it accordingly and maybe the district attorneys office will finally consider prosecuting her.
Mike Mcmullen December 23, 2013 at 12:17 AM
The sons name was Maddox? This is a sad story and all, but come on, naming your son Maddox is awesome.


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