Friday 18 August 2017

Girl (2) dies after mum's boyfriend 'tortured' and 'abused' her

Richard Gamache Jr. (24) and Cheyenne Cook (19) Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Richard Gamache Jr. (24) and Cheyenne Cook (19) Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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A two-year-old girl has died after her mum's boyfriend performed a wrestling move on her.

Cheyenne Cook (19) and Richard Gamache Jr (24) are accused of "torturing" the child, Fox 2 Now reported.

Police were called to the home in Missouri on May 16 to assist the young girl who was having seizures.

The girl was taken to hospital where she died a few days later.

According to Fox 2 Now, police said the child had obvious signs of trauma and that Gamache performed a WWE-style wrestling move on her.

“This child was essentially tortured,” Jefferson County Sheriff Marshak said in a statement. “Our prayers are with 'AC' and the investigators that were intimately involved with this investigation.”

Digital evidence was found of the child being abused by Gamache and that the couple made no attempt to hide the torture.

Gamache was charged with abuse of neglect of a child and was held on a $500,000 cash bond. Cook was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and was held on a $25,000 cash bond.

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