Billy Bob Thornton's daughter charged

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 June 2009
Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton's daughter charged

Billy Bob Thornton's oldest daughter has been charged with child neglect after the infant she was babysitting died in her care

Billy Bob Thornton's daughter has been charged over the death of a child she was babysitting.

Amanda Brumfield - who is estranged from her actor father - was the sole carer of a one-year-old tot last October when the youngster died after allegedly falling from a playpen.

Brumfield has been formally charged with child neglect causing harm or disability.

The 29-year-old claims the child died after sustaining a head injury from the fall but reportedly did not call for help for two-and-a-half hours.

However, medical examiners in Ocoee, Florida, reportedly ruled the death a homicide.

A spokesman for the Ocoee Police Department said: "It's not believable that a one year old can balance themselves on a railing. We do believe her head hit a hard object but you would either have to fall harder or hit something with more force than a 28-inch playpen fall."

Brumfield - Thornton's oldest child - was released on bail on Saturday (30.05.09).

The star's representative said: "Mr. Thornton is estranged from Amanda and has had no contact with her for quite some time.

"However, when informed about this situation, he commented that, 'Any time a baby's life is lost is an unimaginable tragedy and my heart goes out to the baby's family and loved ones.' "

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