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More details emerge in Long Beach school girl's death



Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
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Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
Ricardo Quintanar waits for his brother to get out of school at Willard Elementary School in Long Beach.
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Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
Amalia Quintanar and her son Ricardo vist a memorial to Joanna Ramos at Willard Elementary School in Long Beach. Quintanar's older son sat in front of Ramos in class.
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Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
Grant Slater/KPCC
Part of a memorial to Joanna Ramos, a 10-year-old student who died several hours after a fight with a classmate.
A student Willard Elementary school in Long Beach exits the building for recess on February 28, 2012.
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Details are emerging in the death of a 10-year-old girl on Friday who was brought to a hospital unconscious hours after an after-school fight with an 11-year-old girl near an elementary school. The victim, Joanna Ramos, died of injuries from blunt force trauma to the head.

Trauma surgeon Mauricio Heilbron Jr. said the girl wasn't breathing and was brought to the emergency room with the "lifeless eyes of a little child's doll," reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. A CT scan showed severe bleeding inside her skull from an epidural hemorrhage — a buildup of blood between the skull and the brain.

Heilbron called the trauma a "nightmare situation" because brain hemorrhages may not be discovered for several hours based on the speed of the bleeding. The medical team worked for three hours to save the 5th-grader.

What has been reported so far:

Preliminary information reportedly indicated it was not likely the 10-year-old girl would be charged with murder, according to legal experts, reports the Press-Telegram. She could, however, face a serious felony filing that could see her incarcerated until she turns 25, if found to be true in juvenile court, they said. If the girl was found to be fit for the juvenile system, she could be tried as an adult.

 

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