Girl who died in SC classroom died of natural causes, not fight

WALTERBORO, S.C. — A girl who died in a South Carolina classroom last month passed away from natural causes, not from a fight, investigators have concluded after weeks of tests.

Colleton County officials held a news conference Friday in Walterboro to discuss the death of 10-year-old Raniya Wright.

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, the chief prosecutor for the region, said arteriovenous malformation, or a tangling of blood vessels, was found in the back of Raniya's brain, and that condition caused her death. Stone says a pathologist who examined her found no evidence that any type of fight or trauma contributed to her death.

Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland described the fight between Raniya and the other girl as a "slap fight" that only lasted 5 to 10 seconds. 

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