Toddler Falls into Cheetah Pit at Zoo After Mom Dangles Him Over Enclosure

April 13, 2015 9:30 PM

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Toddler Falls into Cheetah Pit at Zoo After Mom Dangles Him Over Enclosure

A two-year-old boy visiting the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo fell almost 12-feet into a cheetah pit and broke his leg after his mother dangled him over the ledge of the enclosure and lost her grasp on him, according to authorities.

The mother, Michelle Schwab, 37, of Delaware, Ohio, was charged on Monday with child endangering, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled for her first court hearing on Tuesday. She did not return PEOPLE's calls for comment.

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