Colleton County officials say no charges will be filed against the 5th grader involved in a classroom fight with 10-year-old RaNiya Wright last month. A coroner ruled that RaNiya died of natural causes two days later in an intensive care unit.

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said the coroner ruled RaNiya’s death was caused by an undiagnosed tangle of blood vessels in her brain that burst, causing massive bleeding and swelling inside her skull.

“Natural causes” means RaNiya’s undiagnosed neurological condition would likely have resulted in her death under normal circumstances – regardless of whether she was involved in a fight or simply sitting quietly at home.


Ashley Wright, RaNiya’s mother, says her daughter complained of headaches in the months leading up to her death.

Ashley disputes the coroner’s findings. She believes RaNiya suffered some form of trauma during the fight that aggravated her pre-existing condition, causing her blood vessels to break.

Ashley said other students told her RaNiya hit her head on a bookcase during the fight.

The two girls had been arguing all day, according to officials at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, South Carolina.

RaNiya and the other girl were taken to the principal’s office, where RaNiya suddenly grabbed her head, complained of a headache, vomited and collapsed on the floor.

She was still breathing but unresponsive in the nurse’s office when medics arrived minutes later. She was transported to a local hospital with what medics described as “an apparent minor injury.”

Then she was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she was placed on life support.
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The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said no weapons were involved in the fight on March 25. RaNiya was taken off life support and pronounced dead on March 27.

She was laid to rest on April 3.