Terrytown, LA – A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the beating-death of his 5-year-old half-sister.
Emergency response was called out to a home in Terrytown Sunday afternoon where a girl had been found unconscious on the bathroom floor of the apartment. Viloude Louis, 5, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead shortly after.
Devalon Armstrong, 13, initially told investigators that his half-sister complained of a stomach ache and went upstairs. After 30 minutes, he found Viloude on the floor of the bathroom. When he noticed she was no longer breathing, he called 911. Dispatchers told Armstrong to start CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene.
According to the girl’s mother, Adlourdes Desvallons, 39, Armstrong was responsible for babysitting Viloude while she went to the store.
Armstrong was arrested Tuesday following the coroner’s report – citing Viloude’s body had evidence of multiple injuries. WWLTV says the child suffered several broken ribs, internal bleeding, and a lacerated liver, suggesting she had been subjected to a brutal beating.
Authorities claim the teenager later admitted to practicing world wrestling entertainment-style moves on the girl and offputtingly seemed to enjoy detailing how he did so.
Devalon assaulted his younger half-sister Viloude with wrestling moves he’d seen on television – repeatedly punching her in the stomach, jabbing her with elbows, jumping on her, and slamming her on the bed.
The boy’s sister told him that he was hurting her, but he continued to slam, punch, and elbow her for at least two to three more minutes before he stopped to take a telephone call from their mother, reports The Times-Picayune.
With Viloude’s death being classified as a homicide, Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and is being held at a juvenile detention center. The court has deemed it necessary to evaluate Armstrong’s competence for trial. Therefore psychiatrists will have to determine whether or not the teen will be able to participate in his defense. He will return to court next month.
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