Amanda Sorensen, 21, is under arrest for the death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, who suffered a seizure after she fed her chili powder.
Police in California were called to the scene at 4:16 p.m. on Sunday. The child was then taken to a local hospital before being pronounced dead, according to KTLA News.
“We responded to a report of a child suffering a seizure,” San Bernardino County sheriff spokeswoman Jodi Miller told the Daily News. “We did not comment as to anything that may have occurred as part of the ongoing investigation.”
Capsaicin is the active component in chili powder. While fatal only in large amounts in adults, it can be fatal in a far smaller serving in children.
In 2005, 20-year-old mother Nicole Disabella was charged with the murder of her 5-month-old daughter after giving her a lethal dose of chili powder. She had fed her daughter the spice in an attempt to make her stop sucking her thumb.
Sorensen, who allegedly gave her boyfriend’s toddler chili powder as punishment, is being held on $500,000 bail at the West Valley Detention Center.