Woman arrested in death of 2-year-old who ate chili powder


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An Apple Valley woman was arrested Monday for her alleged role in the death of a 2-year-old girl who died after eating chili powder, police said.

Authorities responded to a call of a child suffering from a seizure in the 20000 block of Cayuga Road Sunday afternoon and took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials in a statement.


Amanda Sorensen, 21, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death and booked into the West Valley Detention Center. She was being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Homicide detectives are investigating the death and an autopsy is pending, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Rob Trostle or Sgt. Rick Bessinger at 909-387-3589. Anonymous tips can be submitted at 1-800-782-7463 or at


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