A shocking video has been released showing the moments when a judgment-challenged young father walked into the elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo with his 2-year-old daughter in his arms.
The flustered dad raced to slip back out of the enclosure, but dropped his daughter on the way out in video posted by ABC News. He grabbed her again and they both managed to escape as the crowd screamed and yelled: “Watch out!”
He was quickly arrested by police on suspicion of child endangerment.
Jose Manuel Navarrete was being held on $100,000 bail for investigation of child endangerment, ABC News reported. He was scheduled to be arraigned on March 30. After the arrest, his daughter went home with her mother.
Witness Lori Ortale told KSWB-TV she heard a woman yelling “Jose, stop” before a man jumped the fence into the elephant enclosure.
“These guys right away were saying, ‘That elephant is going to charge,’ and it did,” Ortale said.
After the man and his child escaped, witness Jake Ortale said, “The baby starts crying and people were just mad at this guy.”