Billy Bob Thornton's daughter indicted
- Bang Showbiz
- 25 June 2009
Billy Bob Thornton's daughter Amanda Brumfield has been charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter following the death of a one-year-old child she was caring for
Billy Bob Thornton's daughter has been charged with first degree murder.
Amanda Brumfield - who is estranged from her actor father - was also indicted on aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter charges on Wednesday (24.06.09), following the death of a one-year-old girl in her care in Florida last October.
Brumfield, 29 - who was charged with child neglect causing harm or disability earlier this month - was booked at the Orange County jail.
When she was initially arrested, Brumfield reportedly told police the child died after sustaining a head injury following a fall from a playpen. It is alleged she did not call for help for two-and-a-half hours.
An autopsy showed the youngster had a fractured skull and a brain injury, prompting the death to be ruled a homicide.
A police spokesman said at the time: "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."
After Brumfield's arrest, Thornton's publicist 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.' "