World Wrestling Entertainment is demanding justice after a toddler died following a vicious wrestling move from her mother’s boyfriend.
The two-year-old child, Addie Cook, was having seizures when paramedics arrived to her home in House Springs, Missouri on May 19, according to Fox 2.
After initially denying any involvement, Richard Gamache Jr., 24, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Cheyenne Cook, 19, admitted to authorities that the child might have suffered an injury to the head after he delivered a move known as the “Batista Bomb.”
The move, which is done by placing someone in a seated position on your shoulders and slamming them to the ground, was made famous by former WWE champion, and current “Guardians of the Galaxy” star, Dave Bautista, whose wrestling stage name is Batista.
According to police, the child’s mother didn’t stop the abuse at the hands of Gamache because she said she feared losing her daughter to child protective services and was also afraid of losing her relationship with Gamache, Fox 2 reported.
Text messages between the couple recovered by authorities showed a photo of the child with bruising that Gamache explained as “playing too rough.”
WWE issued a statement on the case:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic death and hope that the guilty parties are brought to justice,” the statement read. “There is no excuse or justification for the brutal and ultimately fatal beating of a 2-year-old child by a grown man. This is a clear case of criminal intent and a lack of parental supervision.”
The following video shows how vicious a “Batista Bomb” is.
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