SC prosecutor says cause of death of 5th grader at school was natural, not due to fight

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A South Carolina prosecutor said Friday that the death of a 5th grader last month was due to natural causes and not a fight she was having with another student when she collapsed.

Solicitor Duffie Stone said at a press conference 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. Raniya died two days later.

“In this case, the science is clear,” Stone said.

No criminal charges will be filed in the case, he said.

The child’s family has maintained that another 5th grade girl at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro had hit or pushed the girl.

An attorney for Raniya’s mother, Ashley Wright, said other students in Raniya’s class told her family that the other fifth grader involved in the fight had been bothering Raniya all day.

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