10-Year-Old Raniya Wright, Who Passed Away After School Fight in South Carolina, Died of Congenital Brain Condition

Raniya Wright (Credit: FAMILY PHOTO/FACEBOOK)
Raniya Wright (Credit: FAMILY PHOTO/FACEBOOK)

A South Carolina prosecutor said Friday that the investigation into the death of a 5th grader last month was due to natural causes and not a fight with another student. 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 fifth grade girl at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro had hit or pushed the girl. Officials described the altercation as a brief  “slap fight” and said the girls were immediately separated. They said there was no indication of bullying or any previous reported incidents between the two girls.

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