Mom Who Dropped Toddler into Cleveland Zoo Cheetah Pit Sentenced

Update II: Cheetah Mom was sentenced yesterday to one year of probation, counseling, and parenting classes.

Central Ohio's Michelle Schwab was charged with child endangering and pleaded no contest in a May hearing.

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 2:49 p.m.

Update: The mother who made headlines last month for holding her two-year-old son over the railing of a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and then accidentally dropping him in, appeared in court earlier today.

Columbus' Michelle Schwab was slapped with child endangerment for the April 11 incident which left her toddler with a broken leg, and probably some emotional scarring after, you know, being dropped into a cheetah pit.

Schwab, who worked as a manager at a Columbus-area day care until she was suspended after her name blew up news feeds coast to coast, will return to court at the end of the month for a second hearing.  

Originally posted on April 13, 2015 at 8:50 a.m.

We have several contenders for the Parents of the Year award, the latest of whom will likely face charges after dangling her two-year-old son over the railing of the cheetah pit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and losing her grip.

The toddler reportedly fell 10 feet down into the exhibit and injured his leg, before his parents rushed in to pull him out. The animals, luckily, did not attempt to interact with the child or his parents in any way.

"You just hear these screams," one witness told Fox8. "Then all you could see is the adult that jumped in, got the child and then somebody pulled him out."

The zoo's executive director, Christopher Kuhar, said that several other witness reports “point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled” over the enclosure’s railing.

The zoo will likely press charges against the boy's mother for child endangerment. 
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