Update: Coroner Rules Ramo’s Death a Homicide; Police Investigating Child’s Death Following After-School Fight

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Joanna Ramos

Coroner rules that 10-year-old Joanna Ramos died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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.

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One Response to “Update: Coroner Rules Ramo’s Death a Homicide; Police Investigating Child’s Death Following After-School Fight”
  1. Joel W says:

    Very sad situation, my heart goes out to the family. I am not a doctor, but I am a specialist in unarmed combat, and the primary and after, or delayed effects of different kinds of trauma. Regarding the ‘nose’ getting pushed into brain, well, no, that is not possible. Look at an anatomy chart, there is no ‘bone,’ to get pushed, the nose is cartilage, and will separate, but go into the brain, no.

    I read that there was a blood clot, and the girl was kneed in the forehead. This is where genetics and other elements come into play. i once witnessed a five year old, accidentally get slammed, and I mean slammed, forehead first, into concrete. you could hear the crack100 feet away. We all thought she was gone. Once revived she went on with no problem. Her family are friends of mine, and 20 odd yrs later, she is thriving. What I’m trying to illustrate, is each person, family, etc, have different genetic makeup. Connective tissue for some people, even as they look in good health, may be much more fragile than another.

    This is most certainly a tragedy; just as true, is the forehead of our skull, is one of the strongest parts of our head, and can take quite a hit. Unless their is an underlying problem, which has created a structural weakness, which would not be known, until a symptopm appeared. Each year, there is a percentage of children playing baseball, and soccer who have a ‘sudden death,’ as a result of a ball beaning them the head, or bouncing off the chest. In the chest, there are nerves which regulate the heart.

    This was a horrible, horrible thing. It also given the circumstances seems to be a very unfortunate event, which was not intended.