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Billy Bob Thornton's Daughter Arrested After Baby's Death

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Orange County Corrections Department

The oldest daughter of Billy Bob Thornton has been arrested in Florida on charges of child neglect resulting in the death of 1-year-old girl she was babysitting in October, police said Sunday.

Friday’s arrest of Amanda Brumfield, 29, was the result of an alleged incident in which the infant fell, Officer Lee Stevens of the Ocoee, Florida, police force, tells CNN.

Brumfield informed 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 press release. Brumfield called for help more than two hours later after being unable to revive the child, according to police.

An autopsy revealed a fractured skull and brain injury, leading the medical examiner to rule the death a homicide. Police said Brumfield’s explanation was inconsistent with the child’s injuries, the Associated Press reports.

Thornton’s publicist, Arnold Robinson, told CNN that the actor, 53, and Brumfield are estranged, “and [he] has had no contact with her for quite some time. When informed about this situation, he commented that, ‘Anytime a baby’s life is lost is an unimaginable tragedy and my heart goes out to the baby’s family and loved ones.’ ”

Brumfield’s arrest was first reported by TMZ.com.

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