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No charges in Long Beach fatal girl fight

Joanna Ramos, 10, died after a fight with an 11-year-old girl after school on Feb. 24, 2012.

April 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Prosecutors will not file any charges in the death of a Long Beach girl who died after a fight with another girl, police said on Wednesday.

Joanna Ramos, 10, died from blunt force trauma in February just hours after a planned after-school fight with an 11-year-old girl. The girls were settling a score over a boy, according to a classmate. The bare-knuckle fight was near the school in an alley, and investigators say no one was knocked down to the ground.

Police ruled the death a homicide and handed the investigation over to the D.A.'s office, but they declined to file charges.

The Long Beach Police Department said in a statement that the "case was a fight between two children that ended with unintended and tragic results."