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Billy Bob's Daughter

Charged in Death of Baby

6/1/2009 2:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0530_billy_bob_thornton_mug_ex-1We've learned the oldest daughter of Billy Bob Thornton has been charged with child neglect in the death of a 1-year-old she was babysitting. 

Amanda Brumfield told cops the child died in October after falling from her playpen, but a spokesman for the Ocoee Police Department said Amanda Brumfield's story didn't add up.

An autopsy determined the child suffered a fractured skull and a subdural hematoma due to blunt trauma.

Brumfield told police that after the baby had fallen, she discovered her tongue bleeding, so Brumfield cleaned it with a paper towel. She then says she began playing with the child, feeding her bananas and fruit snacks, and said she was "happy" and playful.

Brumfield then said she laid the child on the couch next to her and fell asleep. She says was awoken sometime later by the phone and decided to take the child back to the playpen. When she lifted her, Brumfield told cops she discovered her body was limp.

According to police, the call for help didn't come until two and a half hours after the original fall.

Brumfield is Thornton's child with his first wife, Melissa Gatlin.

UPDATE -- A rep for Thornton sent TMZ this statement: "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, 'Anytime a baby's life is lost is an unimaginable tragedy and my heart goes out to the baby's family and loved ones.'"


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Is this story even about Angie or Billy Bob......??????? I think that she really didn't know that something was wrong. I'm a mother of two boys and I know that kids will be kids and they hit their heads and fall all the time...You just have to use your own judgement about how serious the accident really is. This girl apparently did think that the child was okay. You should never judge until you have went through what you're judging...... I feel sorry for this childs parents and for this young girl who will suffer and have to deal with this for the rest of her life also.... No one is right and no one is wrong in a situation like this one.... you just have to forgive with your heart and never forget with your mind. Two wrongs don't make something right so everyone should try to worry about there own lifes and let this family and this young lady deal with this... Let the police do there job and just wait for what happens and then make the decisions based on fact not hear say.

1912 days ago


Billy Bob is a loser. I don't care for Angelia Jolie, but she's better off without home. I'm not excusing Amanda, but whether she speaking to her father or not, you would think he would be at her side.,

1911 days ago
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