'Wrestling Moves' May Have Contributed To Death Of 2-Year-Old Girl

“This child was essentially tortured," said a sheriff. 

By Eric Shorey

A Missouri man is being charged with abuse and neglect of a child following the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old girl. Doctors indicate that "wrestling moves" performed on the child likely contributed to her death.

According to STL Today, Richard Gamache Jr. and Cheyenne Cook exchanged texts on how to cover up signs of abuse. Cook has also been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Identified only by the name "AC," the child passed away shortly after being taken to a hospital May 16. Investigators expect more charges following the death.

“This child was essentially tortured,” Sheriff David Marshak said in a news release. “Our prayers are with ‘AC’ and the investigators that were intimately involved with this investigation.”

Emergency workers attempted to aid AC who was having a seizure, but cops were quickly called as signs of abuse were quite apparent. Detectives concluded that Gamache had mimicked professional wrestling he saw on TV, including a move known as the "Batista Bomb," incurring damage on AC and likely leading to her death. Detectives were able to find digital evidence of the suspected situation. 

Gamache's bail has been set at $500,000 cash only, Cook's at $2,500.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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