Pittsburgh Zoo Says Mother Was To Blame For Toddlers Death

09.12.13 | Bob Price

Attorneys for the Pittsburgh Zoo said in court documents this week that the mother of a toddler fatally mauled by a pack of wild dogs at the zoo is to blame for her son’s death and should not be allowed to sue.  The document says 34 year-old Elizabeth Derkosh was at fault on Nov. 4 when she placed her son 2 year-old Maddox on top of or over the railing of the African painted dogs exhibit when she knew he could fall. Derkosh filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the zoo in May. An autopsy report revealed Maddox survived the fall but had no chance against the 11 dogs. It was the first visitor death in the zoo's 114-year history.