Last month, South Carolina fifth-grader RaNiya Wright died shortly after getting into a fight with classmates.

Initial reports stated that the 10-year-old likely died from injuries related to the altercation, prompting her mother to speak out about the school’s handling of bullying.

Mom Ashley Wright told “Good Morning America“:

“I’m very upset with the school system, starting out, only because of the fact that I’ve been complaining about the person that she fought numerous times to them… I’m thinking they got it handled, and they failed me.”

However, a prosecutor now says that the child’s passing had nothing to do with the fight. RaNiya died from an undiagnosed medical condition, CNN reports.

On Friday, Prosecutor Duffie Stone said at a news conference:

“There was no evidence of trauma on or inside her body … that would indicate that any fight (of) any magnitude contributed to her death. There will be no criminal charges brought.”

Duffie said RaNiya was in a “five- to 10-second slap fight” on March 25 but not injured. She went to the principal’s office minutes later complaining of a headache, where she lost consciousness.

The child was taken to a hospital and died two days later on March 27.

The prosecutor said that her death was actually caused by a brain-related birth defect called arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

According to Mayo Clinic, AVM is “an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, which disrupts normal blood flow and oxygen circulation.”


If the AVM ruptures, it can cause brain damage and stroke.

Duffie said that RaNiya had been suffering from persistent headaches for months ahead of her passing and visited doctors for the problem.

He said, “It was a matter of time.”

The child’s mother has not spoken out publicly since the press conference. It’s unclear if the children suspended due to the fight have returned to class.

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3 Replies to “Fifth-Grader Who Died After School Fight Actually Had Birth Defect in Her Brain: ‘It Was a Matter of Time’”

  • Ziggy89 2 years ago

    Bullshit. This is code for “so the school system doesn’t have to do squat”.

    If the child did not instigate this fight what does it matter if she had this pre-existing condition?

    If an old-timer who is physically fragile falls during a mugging and dies, is the mugger in the clear if he says that the OT had a hat on so he didn’t know he was elderly?

    BULLSHIT ploy to avoid responsibility.

  • Carey Schaefer 2 years ago

    You said it perfectly ??

  • Debbie 2 years ago

    I think this story is absurd. Unbelievable to think this altercation could not be the cause of or created the incident and made to happen. No matter the birth defect. The issue is the fighting that sounds as if it had been going on over a period of time and nothing had been done about it. This should not be something that is let to go on and then a catastrophe and as if that were not the issue that started it all. Why is so many more folks now a days pulling children out of the school system and home schooling?? Because they fear what could happen at or within our schools and then nothing be done. Are own children aren’t safe in a school environment.

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