California woman arrested over toddler’s chili powder death

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:14 EDT
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A 21-year-old Apple Valley, California woman was arrested Monday on charges that she used chili powder to punish a 2-year-old girl who was pronounced dead after suffering a seizure.

Amanda Sorensen, the girlfriend of the child’s father, allegedly fought with her significant other “like crazy,” according to a neighbor who spoke to KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. It wasn’t clear how exactly the chili powder was used, but authorities said it was likely employed as a punishment.

She was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after medical personnel found evidence that the toddler had ingested chili powder. A doctor told KTLA-TV that children so young cannot ingest powders without inhaling them, which might have lead to deadly respiratory inflammation.

This video is from kTLA-TV, aired Tuesday, January 8, 2013.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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