Death of Joanna Ramos, 10, After School Fight Ruled Homicide

The death of a Southern California girl, who died hours after a fight at school, has been ruled a homicide.

On Friday afternoon, 10-year-old Joanna Ramos got into a fight with another girl at Willard Elementary School in Long Beach. Friends say they battled over a boy.

Later that evening at home, Joanne complained of a headache and vomited. She told her mother that the other girl punched her in the head, but there was no sign of injury. After she passed out on the couch her family rushed her to the hospital.

"I could see her lips turning purple and I got so scared. I tried to do CPR," her mother Cecilia Villanueva said. "I tried my best, but when we got to the hospital they said her heart was stopped. They tried, they tried so hard."

Doctors performed emergency surgery for a blood clot on her brain, but they could not save her.

Now the Los Angeles County Coroner' office has called her death a homicide, saying she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police are investigating, but no arrests have been made thus far.

Police say the fight was brief, lasting less than a minute. No weapons were used and neither girl ever hit the ground.

Although rare, a perfectly placed blow to the head could be fatal, which could be the case in this tragic story.


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