Amy died from a cardiac incident that would not have occurred if she had not been assaulted.

Toni Akindele
May, 10, 2016

Officials have filed charges against the three high-school girls involved in the bathroom fight that killed Amy Joyner-Francis last month.

The Delaware Department of Justice released the cause of Amy’s death in a statement to PEOPLE.
“The autopsy did not detect any internal injuries or significant blunt force injuries,” it states. “The Medical Examiner determined that Amy died from a cardiac incident that she was vulnerable to because of a pre-existing heart condition, but the cardiac incident would not have occurred if she had not been assaulted.”

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The statement details that only one girl, 16, allegedly struck Amy. She has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and will be tried as an adult in the Superior Court. She faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.
The two other girls were charged with criminal conspiracy as “Delaware law does not allow for a charge of conspiracy to commit negligent homicide,” the statement notes. “Therefore, [they] were charged with third degree criminal conspiracy, which is the highest level of criminal conspiracy allowed by law given the facts of this case.”
They are being charged as juveniles and if convicted, face up to a year in prison.

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