APPLE VALLEY, CA – A southern California woman has been arrested in the death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter after she allegedly forced the toddler to eat chili powder as a punishment.
On Sunday, police were called to the home of 21-year-old Amanda Sorensen on a report of a child suffering from a seizure after ingesting chili powder. The unidentified girl was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The next day, Sorensen was taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death. There has been no official word on what police found out that led them to file child abuse charges against Sorensen. Investigators are waiting for an autopsy to be performed to learn the girl’s exact cause of death.
Some neighbors said they didn’t notice anything unusual at the home where Sorensen lived with her boyfriend and other children, but one neighbor said the couple fought often.
“They fight like crazy,” the neighbor said. “I went over there one day to help with the car. She came out asking when he was going to get done so they could get the kids from school. He just flew off the handle and just smacked the dog out of her”
Sorensen was booked into the West Valley Detention Center where she’s being held on $500,000 bail. Her next court appearance will be on Wednesday.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Rob Trostle or Sergeant Rick Bessinger at (909)387-3589. You can also remain anonymous and call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at http://www.Wetip.com.Tags: Amanda Sorensen, Child Abuse, chili powder, Crime