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Woman Charged With Murder in Toddler’s Chili Powder Death

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — A woman arrested in the death of a toddler who police say was made to ingest chili powder has been charged with first degree murder.

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.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 20000 block of Cayuga Road at 4:16 p.m. Sunday for a child suffering from a seizure after ingesting chili powder.

Two -year-old Joileen was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Sorensen, 21, who is the girlfriend of the girl’s father, is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu on $500,000 bail.chili-powder

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of the girl’s death.

Neighbors told KTLA that they have witnessed abuse in the home before.

“They fight like crazy,” one man said. “I went over there one day to help with the car. She came out asking when he was going to get done so they could get the kids from school.”

“He just flew off the handle and just smacked the dog out of her,” he recalled.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Rob Trostle or Sergeant Rick Bessinger at (909)387-3589.

If you want to remain anonymous, you can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at http://www.Wetip.com.