Police in Apple Valley, Calif., took 21-year-old Amanda Sorensen into custody Monday in connection with the death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, according to multiple sources.
While the autopsy will reveal the actual cause of the girl’s death, authorities believe the toddler’s ingestion of chili powder led to a fatal seizure, KABC-TV reports.
Sorensen was arrested on suspicion of child abuse in connection with the 2-year-old’s death. According to KTLA, police said the toddler might have been forced to ingest the chili powder.
San Bernardino County police were called to a house on Cayuga Road Sunday afternoon following the chili powder incident, KCAL notes. Although the 2-year-old was rushed to a local hospital, she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
While the investigation is ongoing, pending the child’s autopsy results, Sorensen is currently being held on $500,000 bail. She is expected to be arraigned Wednesday.
In 2005, Texas mother Angela DiSabella received a seven-year prison sentence after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of her 5-month-old daughter. DiSabella, who was accused of suffocating her daughter, was reportedly using chili powder as a technique to stop thumb-sucking, the Associated Press reported at the time.