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Charleston woman dies following dispute with accused boyfriend in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A man is in custody after reporting to police that his girlfriend from Charleston, W.Va. was not breathing following a fight at a home in Ohio.

Lamarie Smith, 24, is expected to be arraigned Friday. He was arrested after he called police to tell them his girlfriend, Deeanna Summers, 29, of Charleston, was unconscious. Summers later died at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Smith admitted to investigators that he and Summers got into a fight at a home in the 1500 block of Victor Avenue in Youngstown before he called 911. He’s been charged with felonious assault and was taken to the Mahoning County jail Friday.

Detectives said the victim’s body has been taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The autopsy could determine if Summers died because of the fight and if Smith is charged with murder.

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