Wrestler, wife argued over retarded son
ATLANTA In the days before pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and child and hanged himself, the couple argued over whether he should stay home more to take care of their mentally retarded 7-year-old son, an attorney for the wrestling league said Wednesday.I think its fair to say that the subject of caring for that child was part of what made their relationship complicated and difficult, and its something they were both constantly struggling with, said Jerry McDevitt, an attorney for World Wrestling Entertainment. We do know it was a source of stress and consternation.McDevitt said the wrestling organization learned from the couples friends and relatives that the Benoits were struggling with where to send the boy to school since he had recently finished kindergarten.He also said Benoits wife didnt want him to quit wrestling, but she wanted him to be at home more to care for the kid. Shed say she cant take care of him by himself when he was on the road.The child suffered from a rare medical condition called Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of mental retardation often accompanied by autism, McDevitt said.Over the past weekend, authorities said, Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with a weight-machine cable in the couples suburban home. No motive was offered for the killings, which were discovered Monday.
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