Update: Coroner Rules Ramo’s Death a Homicide; Police Investigating Child’s Death Following After-School Fight
2012-02-27 · By Editor
This morning, February 27, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office released preliminary autopsy findings following the death of Joanna Ramos of Long Beach. Long Beach detectives began an investigation into Ramos’ death last Friday after a local hospital called to report the circumstances.
The Long Beach Police Department is still in the process of conducting a very intense and detailed investigation, comprised of many aspects, including interviews, follow-up, and a thorough review of all the facts and evidence. So far, police have learned that Ramos and an 11-year-old girl were in fight after school, but that both children walked away from the incident seemingly without serious injury. Ramos had a bloody nose and complained to her mother that she wasn’t feeling well.
Later that night, the girl’s family brought her to the hospital unconscious and not breathing. The hospital was able to revive the 10-year-old, and performed emergency surgery for a blood clot on her brain. Ramos died a few minutes after surgery, just six hours after the fight.
The Coroner’s report has ruled the death a homicide. At the completion of the investigation, police will present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration. The District Attorney’s Office will ultimately determine whether charges may be filed in this case.
The police department realizes that there is much information being shared within the community, which has led to a great deal of speculation. Once again, anyone having any information relating to this ongoing investigation that they have not shared with police investigators, is strongly encouraged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may also be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.
The Long Beach Police Department will provide additional updates on this case as appropriate, and all questions relating to the autopsy should be directed to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.