'Many questions' in death of girl, 11, after fight with another girl
Police in Long Beach said Saturday night that they still don’t know what killed an 11-year-old girl who died hours after a fight in an alley with another girl her age.
Deputy Chief Robert Luna said the cause of Joanna Ramos' death remains “undetermined” but offered more details on the physical altercation between the two children, which took place Friday after classes let out at Willard Elementary.
The fight was planned in advance, lasted less than a minute and did not involve any weapons, Luna said. “We believe nobody was knocked to the ground,” he added.
Police said seven onlookers watched the fight. Neither their names nor the name of the other girl involved in the fight was released Saturday.
Once the altercation was over, Joanna returned to her afterschool program and indicated she wasn’t feeling well, police said. Her relatives took her home and later transported her to a hospital, where she was placed in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.
Officers were informed about 5:50 p.m. Friday that Joanna was not breathing. Although hospital personnel tried to revive her, she was pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m., authorities said.
So far, no one has alleged or provided any information to indicate that Joanna was being bullied, Luna said.
“There are still many questions, many questions that cannot be answered,” he said.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office will determine the cause of the girl’s death. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information for investigators is asked to call (562) 570-7244.
-- David Zahniser