WWE issues statement on youth tragedy

 

WWE issued a statement on the death of a 5-year-old Jefferson Parish, La. girl who was allegedly killed by her 13-year-old half brother.

According to a story in The Advocate, a major newspaper based in Southeast Louisiana, the boy apparently admitted that while he was baby-sitting his half sister, he started to wrestle with her and practice World Wresting Entertainment-style moves.

At first, he told investigators that the girl complained of a stomachache and went upstairs to brush her teeth in the bathroom. He said he checked on her a half-hour later and found her on the floor, complaining of stomach pains. He said he took her downstairs and laid her on the sofa.

As the story continues, the next day the boy had a different story for the homicide detective. He smiled as he described to the homicide detective how he picked the child up and slammed her onto the bed several times, according a statement from the local sheriff’s office. The boy told the detective that he punched her in the stomach several times, jumped on her and struck her with his elbow “like the wrestlers do on television.”

The girl told her half brother he was hurting her, he said, but he continued to beat her for another two or three minutes. He didn’t stop until his mother called to check on them.

The homicide detective reported that the boy smiled “and appeared to enjoy talking about the wrestling moves and physical abuse” during their conversation.

The girl’s death was reclassified as a homicide and her half-brother booked into a juvenile assessment center.

Another 13-year-old, who played with the little girl in the courtyard of their apartment complex, told the newspaper the boy was not a nice boy. The teen said that his friend had told him before that the boy liked to slap around his half-sister when her mother was away. The half-sister told the teen that her half-brother got mad when she wouldn’t do what he told her to.

WWE statement: “The death of Viloude Louis is a tragedy, and we express our heartfelt condolences. Authorities have already charged the accused with second degree murder and determined that this was not an accidental death due to a wrestling move.

“The facts of this case clearly point to a lack of parental supervision and a teenager who had a history of violent behavior toward his 5-year-old stepsister. It is illogical to conclude that the repeated, brutal and ultimately fatal beating of a 5-year-old little girl by a teenager could be confused with imitation of WWE action seen on TV.”

This is not the first time someone has tried to target WWE as the reason for an older youth injuring (or worse) a younger sibling.

WWE is a sports entertainment company featuring scripted segments with action programming. WWE’s talent is similar to heroes and villains of superhero movies and television shows. For years it notes its superstars and divas are trained professionals, and children should not try this at home.

For the complete Advocate story, go to:

http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/6285847-148/13-year-old-arrested-for-killing-5-year-old.

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