Girl, 7, dies in ‘Mortal Kombat’ imitaiton
JOHNSTOWN, Colorado ” Two teens accused of trying to imitate the “Mortal Kombat” video game have been charged in the death of the 7-year-old half-sister of one of the teens.
Lamar Roberts, 17, of Westminster, and Heather Trujillo, 16, of Johnstown, were charged as adults on a count of felony child abuse causing death, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The teens were baby-sitting Trujillo’s half-sister, Zoe Garcia, on Dec. 6 while the sisters’ mother, Dana Trujillo, 30, was at work. A phone number for the Trujillos could not be found. Court documents say the teens began wrestling, supposedly enacting a game of “Mortal Kombat.”
Zoe lost consciousness after being hit, kicked, and body-slammed to the floor, an affidavit said. She also stopped breathing.
Trujillo and Roberts tried reviving Zoe in the shower and attempted CPR before calling the sisters’ mother and then 911, according to affidavits.
Roberts told police he was downstairs playing video games while the sisters wrestled upstairs, but a witness quoted in the affidavit said Roberts told her he had kicked the girl.
The witness told police that Roberts said Zoe had told them to stop wrestling. According to the affidavit, when the witness asked why they didn’t stop, he responded, “I don’t know, I was drunk.”
Zoe died at a hospital.
If convicted as charged, the teens could be sentenced to 48 years in prison. Both were being held at the Weld County jail.