Girl’s uncle accused of encouraging her to fight another girl

Larry Lee Winkle (Photo courtesy: Newport News police)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police have charged a man accused of holding down a 10-year-old girl while his niece assaulted her.

Police say 41-year-old Larry Lee Winkle encouraged his 9-year-old niece to fight a 10-year-old girl.

The victim’s mother called police after her daughter told her she and some friends were taking turns fighting another group of juveniles on the playground.

Investigators say the 9-year-old girl told police the 10-year-old had assaulted her first and then she defended herself. However, officers say there were no signs of injury on the 10-year-old girl.

Winkle was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was issued a summons. Police say the charge is based on the fact that Winkle allowed the two females to fight one another. He did not take his niece out of harm’s way and encouraged her to fight.

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