Pennsylvania

Toddler Slammed to Death in Mimicked Wrestling Move: Police

A central Pennsylvania man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son after police say he slammed the boy to the floor while mimicking professional wrestling moves.

Brandon Hoffman was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and other offenses in Bryson Shoemaker's death Tuesday.

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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Police say Hoffman was performing wrestler The Undertaker's "The Last Ride'' move and had intended for Bryson to land on a bed.

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

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