CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - The mother of a 3-year-old boy attacked by a bobcat at a Carlsbad zoo is now charged with child abuse.
Courtney Hutchins, 21, was arrested Tuesday.
According to Carlsbad police she was acting carelessly March 18 while taking her son to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park and getting close enough to the bobcat exhibit for the cat to attack her son.
The boy suffered scratches and punctures to his head requiring eight staples.
One witness reported Hutchins, her brother and her son crossed a safety barrier at the exhibit and were coaxing the cat to come closer while standing close to the fence.
Hutchins told police she was only trying to be a good mom by taking her little boy to the zoo.
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