- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009

OCOEE, Fla. (AP) — The oldest daughter of Billy Bob Thornton faces charges in the death of a 1-year-old girl she was babysitting in October, a celebrity gossip Web site reported Sunday.

Ocoee police confirmed that 29-year-old Amanda Brumfield is charged with child neglect causing harm or disability and was in custody.

Celerity Web site TMZ.com reported she is Mr. Thornton’s daughter, but police spokesman Lee Stephens said the police records department was closed Sunday and he couldn’t find out whether Miss Brumfield is related to the actor.

Miss Brumfield told detectives that a girl she was babysitting hit her head in a fall in an Ocoee home on Oct. 3, Detective James Berish said in a news release. Miss Brumfield called for help more than two hours later when she couldn’t revive the girl, police in the city near Orlando said.

An autopsy determined the girl had a fractured skull and brain injury. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and said the explanation Miss Brumfield gave was inconsistent with the child’s injuries, police said.

Mr. Thornton’s publicist Arnold Robinson said the actor has not had contact with Miss Brumfield for quite some time. He wouldn’t confirm that Miss Brumfield was the woman arrested, but said that when Mr. Thornton was “informed about this situation,” he commented, “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.”

Police did not know whether Miss Brumfield had an attorney.

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