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|No Charges in Death of Girl, 10, After Fight|
|Written by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press|
|Thursday, 19 April 2012 04:39|
LONG BEACH - Prosecutors declined to file charges Wednesday against an 11-yearold girl who fought with a 10- year-old schoolmate hours before the younger girl died.
The death of Joanna Ramos came after 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 statement.
Police referred all inquiries to the district attorney's office. District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said her office could not comment on the decision because the case involved a juvenile.
Joanna was pronounced dead on Feb. 24, about six hours after she tussled with another girl in an alley near her elementary school after classes ended.
Her mother, Cecilia Villanueva, said officials met with the family Wednesday morning, but she still knows few details about the fight and chose not to ask because it was too painful.
"There's nothing they can do that's going to bring my daughter back, nothing. There's nothing I can do," she said, choking back tears.
Villanueva said she felt for the other girl.
"Her life is not the same anymore. I'm not angry because it could have happened to the girl instead of to Joanna," she said.
The name of the other girl has not been made public.