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Woman pleads not guilty in toddler's chili-powder death

This photo, provided by the victim's grandmother, shows 2-year-old Joilene, who died from ingesting chili powder.

January 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
An Apple Valley woman pleaded not guilty to charges she killed a 2-year-old girl who died after eating chili powder.

Amanda Sorenson, 21, was arraigned Thursday in Victorville. The victim, Joilene, is the daughter of Sorenson's boyfriend.

Authorities said Joilene went into a seizure Sunday after ingesting the powder, and later died at a hospital. Autopsy results are still pending.

Sorenson has been charged with murder and child assault. She was being held on $1 million bail.


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