February's death of Joanna Ramos at the hands of one of the 10-year-old's Frances Willard Elementary School classmates was ruled a homicide, but authorities in Long Beach say no charges will be brought in the case.
Long Beach Police released a statement today saying no crime occurred, calling the incident a “fight between two children that ended with unintended and tragic results.”
Ramos had no visible injuries from the Feb. 24 altercation–which lasted about a minute and may have been over a boy–in an alley near her school. She later vomited and complained of headaches after walking back to the campus for the remainder of an after-school program.
That same night, the girl stopped breathing and underwent surgery before being kept in the intensive care unit in critical condition. She was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. An autopsy later concluded Ramos died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Authorities did not identify the other child in the fight.
- Joanna Ramos, 10, Who Died After School Fight, Has Death Ruled Homicide