Toddler slammed to death in mimicked wrestling move: police

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JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man mimicking a professional wrestling move inadvertently slammed his girlfriend’s toddler son to the floor, killing him.

Brandon Hoffman was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and other offenses in the death of 18-month-old Bryson Shoemaker.

Police say Hoffman was performing wrestler The Undertaker’s “The Last Ride” move Tuesday and had intended for Bryson to land on a bed.

State police say Hoffman told them he tried performing CPR and took Bryson to the hospital instead of calling 911 because he feared getting in trouble.

The 20-year-old Jersey Shore man is jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail pending a May 13 preliminary hearing. Online court records listing a lawyer were not immediately available.

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