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Woman Allegedly Killed Baby Girl, 2, By Feeding Her Chili Powder

Tue, January 8, 2013 4:11pm EDT by 21 Comments
Baby Killed Chili Powder
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A 21-year-old California woman was arrested on Jan.6 after allegedly force-feeding her boyfriend’s daughter a spoonful of chili powder — and causing the two-year-old to suffer a seizure. Such a tragedy.

Amanda Sorensen, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death after her boyfriend’s daughter, 2, suffered a seizure and died on Jan. 6. The little girl’s seizure occurred after she was purposefully fed chili powder as punishment.

Police rushed to Amanda’s home in Apple Valley, Calif. at 4:16 p.m., and immediately took the little girl the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Amanda was then taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse.

Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff, told KTLA News in Los Angeles that they cannot confirm or deny the report that the spice was used as punishment since the investigation was ongoing.

“We responded to a report of a child suffering a seizure,” Jodi told the New York Daily News. “We did not comment as to anything that may have occurred as part of the ongoing investigation.”

An autopsy is currently being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

How Chili Powder Affects Babies

If a baby ingests chilli powder, it can cause swelling in the airways and cause the infant to stop breathing. The main ingredient, Capsaicin, is an irritant in humans, and can temporarily cause bronchoconstriction, coughing, nausea, and a lack of coordination in the upper body after inhalation, according to the Daily Mail.

Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with the baby’s family during this difficult time.


— Christina Stiehl

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