Coroner says SC 5th grader died of natural causes, not blunt force trauma; no charges will be filed

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WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) – The Colleton County coroner reports that Raniya Wright, the 5th grader in South Carolina who reportedly died after a school fight, died of natural causes. He said her death was not the result of any trauma.

Officials held a press conference on Friday after speaking directly to Raniya’s family to give them the results of the autopsy.

S.C. Solicitor Duffie Stone said at a press conference Friday that 10-year-old Raniya Wright died of a congenital condition called an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. The child had repeatedly complained of headaches in the days and weeks before her death.

Stone said that pathology and other scientific reports showed no evidence of trauma to the body that would have indicated the child died of injuries sustained in a fight on March 25.

The child’s family had maintained that another fifth-grader at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro had hit or pushed the girl.

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