TERRYTOWN, LA (WAFB) - A 13-year-old boy who admitted to killing his younger sister while practicing wrestling moves has been sentenced.
The boy, whose name has not been released, will spend three years in a juvenile jail. However, he will get credit for the six months he has already served. He had faced up to five years in prison. The judge recommended the boy be sent to the Bridge City Center for Youth to get support from family and members of his church.
The WWE released the following statement about the case:
"The death of Viloude Louis is a tragedy and we express our condolences. WWE supports Judge Janzen's summation that the 13-year-old boy absolutely knew that he was hurting his 5-year-old little sister. Therefore, it is illogical to conclude that the brutal and ultimately fatal beating of a 5-year-old little girl by a teenager could be confused with imitation of WWE moves seen on TV."
The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide after his 5-year-old sister died in June. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain. According to reports, deputies were called to a house in Terrytown on June 16, 2013 around 1:30 p.m. Terrytown is across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Responding deputies said they found the 5-year-old girl lying unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Her half-brother was home alone with her while their mother was at the store. The girl was taken to Oschner Hospital West Bank where she was pronounced dead.
According to detectives, the 13-year-old said the little girl was complaining of a stomach ache and went upstairs to brush her teeth. After 30 minutes, her brother went upstairs to check on the child. He reported she was on the floor in the bathroom complaining of a stomach ache. In the report, it states the teen walked downstairs with the 5 year-old and the child laid down on the sofa. A short time later, the 13 year-old noticed his sister was not breathing and he called 911. The 13 year-old was given instructions by the 911 operator to begin CPR on the child until EMS arrived. While EMS was on scene, the victim's mother arrived back at home.
The next day, detectives again interviewed the mother and the 13-year-old. The investigation revealed the teen was babysitting and was practicing "WWE" style wrestling moves on the child. The teen told detectives he picked up the child and slammed her on the bed several times, jumped on the child and hit her with his elbow several times "like wrestlers do on television." The 13 year-old also told detectives he knows wrestling on television was fake. The 13-year-old continued by saying his sister complained she was hurting, but he continued to slam, punch and elbow her for an additional two or three minutes and stopping when his mother called him on the phone to check on he and his sister.
After the autopsy, the child's death was classified as a homicide. Her injuries consisted of severe blunt force trauma to the body, multiple internal injuries including broken ribs, lacerations to the liver, and internal bleeding. According to WWL-TV, the juvenile court judge asked the teen to write down the wrestling moves he performed on his sister.