Video: Charges Filed Against Three Delaware Teens in Death of Amy Joyner-Francis, 1 Girl Homicide, 2 Girls Conspiracy
WILMINGTON (WPVI) —
Three teenage girls have been charged in connection with the death of Amy Joyner-Francis, who died after an assault in a school bathroom.
The Delaware Department of Justice says the three girls responsible are minors, but must be held accountable for their actions.
“At the end of the day, nothing brings Amy back so whatever the charges are, their issue is Amy is never coming home,” Joyner-Francis’ family spokesperson Sherry Dorsey Walker told Action News Monday night.
Investigators say 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis was assaulted by three teenage girls back on April 21st in a bathroom inside Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware.
Court documents say the assault captured on video shows one of the girls, a 16-year-old repeatedly striking Joyner-Francis in the head and torso with what appears to be a closed fist.
The Medical Examiner determined that the girl died from a pre-existing heart condition with contributing factors.
The examiner says, “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.”
Action News is not identifying the girls because they are minors.
Police say only one of the girls actually struck Joyner-Francis. She has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and may be tried as an adult. The other two are charged only with criminal conspiracy.