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Mom Who Dropped Son Inside Zoo's Cheetah Area Faces Charges

Cheetah at Cleveland Zoo/Flickr

The Short of It

We all saw the headlines over the weekend about the child who was dropped into a cheetah enclosure at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio. Now the boy's mom has been charged with child endangerment.

The Lowdown

Michelle Schwab, 38, was holding her 2-year-old son over an observation wall of the cheetah enclosure Saturday when she dropped him. Two male cheetahs were inside the enclosure at the time.

"You could just hear the screams, and all you could see was the adult that jumped in got the kid. Then somebody pulled him out," a witness said, according to Good Morning America.

Reportedly, it was the boy's mom or dad who climbed inside the enclosure to rescue him, although the cheetahs didn't seem too interested in their new exhibit-mate.

Luckily, the boy was not badly hurt, but he was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed leg injury and then released.

The Upshot

Schwab, who is the assistant director at KinderCare in Columbus, now faces child endangerment charges and will be arraigned on Wednesday, April 22. She will not return to her job at the daycare center until the matter is resolved.

"She is currently home with her family and will remain out of our center until this issue is investigated and addressed," daycare spokeswoman Colleen Moran said.

Hopefully, this incident will remind parents that zoos are fun, but they can be dangerous, too, if both adults and kids don't follow rules and act with common sense!

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