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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