Pittsburgh zoo reaches settlement over child death

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will pay the U.S. Department of Agriculture $4,550 as part of a settlement over an investigation into the death of a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled when he fell into an exhibit of wild African dogs.

The zoo says in a Thursday release that the settlement isn’t an admission of liability, and it didn’t release other details of the settlement or make officials available for comment.

In a separate lawsuit Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh are seeking unspecified damages in the Nov. 2012 death of their son, Maddox, who fell over a wooden railing after his mother lifted him up to get a better look at the dogs.

The zoo has moved the dogs to other zoos and now houses cheetahs in the exhibit.

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