VICTORVILLE — A Southern California woman pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murder and assault charges stemming from the death of a 2-year-old girl who died from complications after eating chili powder.
Amanda Sorensen, 21, entered her plea to one count each of murder and assault on a child causing death in a Victorville courtroom and was ordered held on $1 million bail. She is scheduled to return to court Jan. 17.
A telephone message left for Sorensen’s court-appointed lawyer was not immediately returned.
The girl, identified in court documents as Joileen G., was found at an Apple Valley home over the weekend suffering from a seizure after ingesting the kitchen spice, authorities said. The girl, who is the daughter of Sorenson’s boyfriend, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Results of the child’s autopsy were pending.
Investigators declined to elaborate on the case, including providing a motive.