Amanda Brumfield was babysitting her best friend’s daughter when the child died.
Heather Murphy left her baby Olivia in Amanda’s care in Oct. 2008, when the girl died after what Amanda — Billy Bob Thornton’s oldest daughter — claimed was a short fall, but prosecutors proved otherwise.
Amanda said that Olivia had fallen to the floor and hit her head while climbing out of her playpen, but prosecutors disagree. The child’s injuries included a three-and-a-half inch fracture to the back of the her skull and bleeding and swelling to her brain — not consistent at all with a short fall. The autopsy later showed that the baby had suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury due to blunt trauma.
According to her story, she played with Olivia after the fall, fed her some bananas, and then laid down next to her on the couch to take a nap. The baby seemed “happy,” but when Amanda woke up she found her limp.
The police were called two and half hours after the head injury.
Amanda was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter for the incident. She was tried back in 2008 for first degree murder and aggravated child-abuse charges.