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Girl's Death After Fight Seen as Natural Causes

Raniya Wright had a rare condition that triggered a blood-vessel rupture
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2019 3:38 PM CDT
Ashley Wright speaks to reporters Friday, April 19, 2019, in Walterboro, S.C., about her daughter, 10-year-old Raniya Wright.   (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

(Newser) – The death of a fifth-grader after a fight with another girl has been attributed to natural causes and not the fight itself, prosecutors said Friday. As a result, no charges will be filed in the death of 10-year-old Raniya Wright, reports the Greenville News. Authorities announced that Raniya had a rare condition called arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, described by Fox News as a tangling of blood vessels in the brain. She suffered a fatal blood-vessel rupture as a result, said prosecutor Duffie Stone. "There was no evidence of trauma on or inside her body ... that would indicate that any fight (of) any magnitude contributed to her death," Stone said.

Raniya had sought treatment for regular headaches in the last year, but it wasn't clear whether the family was aware of the condition until now, reports CNN. Raniya's mother, Ashley Wright, had previously said her daughter had been bullied at school. Her attorney on Friday called for further investigation, saying that a substitute teacher in the classroom where the fight took place didn't immediately intervene, leading other students to do so. "Students should not be left to defend other students," she said. "We certainly know this is not where the story ends." (Read more South Carolina stories.)

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