Medical examiner’s report says 5th-grader RaNiya Wright died of “natural causes”

Medical examiner’s report says 5th-grader RaNiya Wright died of “natural causes”
RAW AUDIO: RaNiya Wright's teacher gives a statement on incident April 16, 2019

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office released the medical examiner’s report Thursday for the death of Forrest Hills Elementary School student RaNiya Wright, saying the 5th-grader died of natural causes.

“It is the opinion of the pathologist that the decedent died as a result of acute intracranial hemorrhage due to a ruptured cerebellar arterio-venous vascular malformatoin,” the report said. “Furthermore, the manner of death is best deemed natural.”

Wright died a couple days after she was involved in a fight in a school classroom at Forrest Hills, but the autopsy report released Thursday confirms there is no evidence to suggest any traumatic injuries that lead to her death.

During a news conference in April, Stone said the child repeatedly complained of headaches in the days and weeks before her death.

Stone classified the condition as a “birth defect” and said there was no sign of trauma on Wright’s body. He said there were no signs of bruises, cuts, scrapes busted lips or black eyes.

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