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Woman arrested after toddler dies from eating chili powder

January 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A toddler is dead, apparently from ingesting chili powder and suffering a seizure. Her father's girlfriend has been arrested. An autopsy is being done to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the house where it apparently happened; the home where a 2-year-old child somehow ate an unknown amount of chili powder and died.

A neighbor who didn't want to appear on camera says he saw police carry the 2-year-old child out of the home.

"I did see a little body being carried out, and I didn't know what it was, but I didn't want to be rude and go over and start asking questions," said the neighbor.

Police say the 2-year-old girl had a seizure after eating the chili powder. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Amanda Sorenson, 21, is under arrest, charged child abuse causing death. Sorenson is the girlfriend of the child's father.

"I can't imagine a parent purposely doing something to a young child like that. But then again, I don't know them well enough to know what kind of temperament they had," said neighbor Patricia Amado.

Sorenson was arrested for child abuse resulting in death. She's in jail on $500,000 bail. Her arraignment is expected on Wednesday.