Mom charged after toddler tumbles into zoo’s cheetah exhibit

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Emergency crews arrive at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, April 11, 2015, after a toddler fell into a cheetah exhibit. The boy’s mother has been charged with child endangerment in the case. (Photo: FOX8 Cleveland)

Emergency crews arrive at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, April 11, 2015, after a toddler fell into a cheetah exhibit. The boy’s mother has been charged with child endangerment in the case. (Photo: FOX8 Cleveland)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (PIX11) — A mother in Ohio has been charged after her 2-year-old son tumbled into a cheetah exhibit at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, breaking his leg from the fall but escaping further harm by the wild animals.

Michelle Schwab, 38, of Delaware, Ohio, faces a charge of child endangerment, according to PIX11 News’ sister station FOX8.

Schwab is accused of holding her son over the enclosure’s protective barrier, according to court documents. While dangling over the fence, the boy fell 10 to 12 feet into the enclosure and suffered a broken leg, officials said.

The child was plucked from the pit before emergency crews arrived. He taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

A zoo official said the cheetahs did not try to interact with the strange new creature in their enclosure.