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Jun 18, 2013 4:34 PM

13-year-old boy charged in 'wrestling' death of 5-year-old girl

A 13-year-old boy from a New Orleans suburb was arrested after authorities said he told them he used TV wrestling moves on his 5-year-old half-sister, who died from the beating. "The 13 year-old reported he started to wrestle with the victim and practiced 'WWE' style wrestling moves on the 5 year-old," Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release Tuesday. Those moves allegedly included repeatedly slamming the girl on a bed, punching her in the stomach, jumping on her and striking her with his elbow. A coroner's investigation found the girl died of multiple injuries, including broken ribs, lacerations of the liver and internal bleeding. The boy had been left to babysit the girl by his stepmother when the alleged beating occurred, the news release said. After the beating, the girl later complained of a stomach ache. When she stopped breathing, the boy called 911. Emergency responders could not revive her and she was pronounced dead at a hospital. The boy was taken to a juvenile facility and booked on a second-degree murder arrest warrant after he was interviewed by a homicide detective, Matt Vaquez, and after the autopsy. "The 13 year-old also told Vasquez that he knows wrestling on television was fake," the news release said. "The 13 year-old continued by saying the victim complained that she was hurting, but he continued to slam, punch and elbow her for an additional two or three minutes stopping when his mother called him on the phone to check on he and the victim. Detective Vasquez noted the 13 year-old was smiling and appeared to enjoy talking about the wrestling moves and physical abuse during the interview that he was conducting on the victim."

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