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File photo: Joanna Ramos
Prosecutors won't be filing charges against the girl who was fighting with 10-year-old Joanna Ramos the day she died.
The incident that preceded Joanna's February death, which was declared a homicide, was a "fight between two children that ended with unintended and tragic results," but no crime was committed, the Long Beach Police Department said in a written statement. Joanna died at a hospital about six hours after she tussled with another girl in an alley near her elementary school after the end of classes. The name of the other girl has not been released.
The fight near Willard Elementary didn't appear to be especially serious or violent, no weapons were used and neither girl was knocked to the ground, police have said. Witnesses said that Joanna had a bloody nose when she returned to her after-school program and had to be picked up early because she didn't feel well.
Her parents rushed her to the hospital hours later, where she underwent emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead after several attempts to revive her.
A spokeswoman at the Los Angeles County district attorney's office did not immediately return a call from the AP for comment.