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More details emerge in Long Beach school girl's death

Joanna Ramos Memorial

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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.

Joanna Ramos Memorial

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Ricardo Quintanar waits for his brother to get out of school at Willard Elementary School in Long Beach.

Joanna Ramos Memorial

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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.

Joanna Ramos Memorial

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.

Joanna Ramos Memorial

Grant Slater/KPCC

A student Willard Elementary school in Long Beach exits the building for recess on February 28, 2012.


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.

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