A teenage boy was arrested in Louisiana Tuesday (June 18) for allegedly beating and killing his half-sister with maneuvers he learned from watching World Wrestling Entertainment on television.
Devalon Armstrong, 13, was alone in their Terrytown home babysitting his 5-year-old half-sister, Viloude Louis, when he began performing his imitating moves.
Jefferson Parish police reported that Armstrong confessed to punching Louis in her abdominal area and imitated WWE body slams by dropping his elbow inter her kidneys and back. Soon after Devalon's interpretation of the ultimate smack-down, the young girl complained of stomach pains and within 30 minutes Armstrong found her lying on the bathroom floor.
Unresponsive and not breathing, Devalon took his sister to the couch and called 911. Unfortunately by the time the police arrived Louis was not breathing and was pronounced dead soon after paramedics arrived. Though there were no visual wounds, according to the coroner's report her injuries included internal bleeding, broken ribs, and a severely damaged liver. This tragic event generates much conversation about the exposure of violence and adolescent interpretations of these actions carried out on television.
WWE was notified of the incident and released a statement sending their condolences while also placing blame on the absence of parental supervision. The statement read:
“The death of Viloude Louis is a tragedy, and our condolences go out to her family. WWE urges restraint in reporting this unfortunate incident as if it were the result of a WWE wrestling move. As in similar cases, criminal intent to harm and a lack of parental supervision have been the factors resulting in a tragic death.”
Armstrong was arrested and taken to the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center . He is being accused of second-degree murder and will undergo psychiatric evaluation. His trial is scheduled for next month.
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