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No charges in death of 10-year-old girl in after-school fight

April 18, 2012 | 11:48 am

No charges in death of 10-year-old girl in after-school fight

This post has been corrected. Please see note below.

The Long Beach Police Department on Wednesday announced that no charges will be filed in the death of 10-year-old Joanna Ramos, who died several hours after a fight with another student in February.

The announcement came a little more than a month after Long Beach police detectives submitted their facts and evidence on the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The district attorney’s office then determined no charges would be filed. They declined to provide further comment Wednesday.

“This case was a fight between two children that ended with unintended and tragic results,” Long Beach police said in a statement, adding that it hoped the conclusion brought “some peace to both families involved, as well as the community."

Joanna died Feb. 24, hours after an after-school fight with another student. Students at the school said the two girls had fought over a boy.

Authorities say Joanna died of blunt-force trauma to the head after a preplanned fight with an 11-year-old classmate in an alley near Willard Elementary School. Some relatives believe the girls were fighting over a boy.

Joanna fell ill after the fight, which lasted about a minute. Her death was ruled a homicide, and detectives are investigating whether classmates goaded the girls through social media or in person.

[For the record, 12:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the District Attorney's Office made their decision not to file charges a day after the case was submitted to them. They received the case on March 13, just over a month ago. The post also stated that the investigation is ongoing, but the case is now closed.]


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Photo: Photos and remembrances of Joanna Ramos at a memorial in front of Willard Elementary School in Long Beach. Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times