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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 4) - Two boys, ages 8
and 9, are in custody on charges of assault relating to the death of a
10-year-old Agat girl.

Regina Mae Guzman died last month from injuries she received
when four boys beat her after school, police said. Guam Police Department
spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Santos released the information yesterday about the girl's

The two boys have been confined at the Department of Youth
Affairs. Two other boys, ages 6 and 7, have been released to their parents, said
Guam Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Santos.

On Feb. 21, Guzman and her sisters were riding their bicycles
after school on a road in Agat when they encountered four boys.

Santos said "words were exchanged" between Guzman and
the boys. After Guzman got off her bicycle, the boys began hitting her back and
stomach repeatedly with their fists and elbows, Santos said.

"Guzman's sisters rescued her from further assault and took
her back home," Santos said.

But the girls did not report the incident to their parents.

On Feb. 24, Guzman complained of severe abdominal pain and her
mother took her to a clinic. Later that day, she was admitted to Guam Memorial
Hospital, Santos said. Guzman's sisters did not tell their mother about the
beating until March 1, Santos said.

While at the hospital, the girl's condition began to deteriorate
and she died March 19, Santos said.

"Through our investigation, we find that her death is a
result of the injuries she sustained in the beating," Santos said.

Guzman's injuries were not apparent because they were internal,
Santos said.

An autopsy was conducted, but Santos did not have the results of
that report. Attempts to contact the chief medical examiner late yesterday were

Police detectives were wrapping up their report yesterday to
submit it to the attorney general's office.

April 4, 2003

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