Three teenage girls have been charged in the fatal assault of 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, who died in a bathroom at their school, officials said Monday. Joyner-Francis died after a brawl broke out in the bathroom of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware.
A 16-year-old was charged with criminally negligent homicide and 2 others were charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy, according to a statement released Monday by the state Department of Justice.
“The individuals responsible for Amy Joyner-Francis’s death are minors, but they must be held accountable for their actions,” the state Department of Justice said in a statement.
The DOJ says Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, with a contributing factor of physical and emotional stress because of the physical assault.
“In layman’s terms, 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,” the DOJ statement read.