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Boy, 13, charged in ‘wrestling’ death of girl, 5

NEW ORLEANS — A 13-year-old from a New Orleans suburb was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 5-year-old half-sister after investigators said he told them he repeatedly struck her with wrestling moves he learned by watching matches on television.

‘‘The 13-year-old reported he started to wrestle with the victim and practiced ‘WWE’ style wrestling moves on the 5-year-old,’’ Colonel John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday.

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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 that the girl died of multiple injuries, including broken ribs, lacerations of the liver, and internal bleeding.

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