Woman fatally poisoned toddler with chili powder, authorities say


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Prosecutors filed murder charges Wednesday against a 21-year-old woman accused of fatally poisoning a 2-year-old toddler with chili powder.


Amanda Sorensen, of Apple Valley, was charged with one count of murder and another count of child abuse causing death, according to the complaint filed by the San Bernardino district attorney’s office.

Sorensen, who is the girlfriend of the child’s father, was arrested in the early morning hours Monday, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department. She is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.

About 4:15 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the 20000 block of Cayuga Road in Apple Valley for a child suffering from a seizure after ingesting chili powder. The toddler was transported to a local hospital, where she died, deputies said. Anyone with information regarding the crime is urged to contact Det. Rob Trostle or Sgt. Rick Bessinger at (909) 387-3589. Callers who wish to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or visit

Sorensen was due in court Wednesday, said Chris Lee, a spokesman with the district attorney’s office.

[For the record, Jan. 9, 2012, 1:42 p.m.: A previous version of this post said Sorensen was due in court for arraignment Thursday, but the D.A.’s office now says it was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.]



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