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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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61.

LOKI    

"Don't call me an actor......and DON'T call me a father either.

PATHETIC.

LOKI

1909 days ago
62.

linda    

i am so happy that the abortion doctor can no longer take the lives of innocent unborn babies, some are late term and that their skanky mothers have decided that they cannot be bothered by having a child, does any of these murderous people ever consider adoption? no just murder, this mean evil man provided abortions as late as 8 and 9 months into the pregnancy, he surely had no business for being in church, for the horrible crimes he has committed, he is now in hell, maybe the murdered babies will forgive however i doubt god will,

1909 days ago
63.

Go Suck A D**k!    

Joanna38 is a hateful bitch!!!! God forbid you make a mistake with life altering impact! You Devil!

1909 days ago
64.

Dylan Saint-Saëns (jacobguay@gmail.com)    

One less baby for that CRAZY HOMEWRECKING SLUT Angelina Jolie to adopt. You'll remember this _sna|tch_ use to wear a vile w/ Billy Bob's blood around her neck (and vice versa). How weird is THAT??!!

1909 days ago
65.

Octowelfaremom    

Joanna38 - WHOA...ever think about taking a chill pill? Sounds like you have some serious issues with your own family. To abandon an adult drug addict child who you have tried desperately to help and wants no help is one thing. To abandon an 11 year old daughter is another. Creepy that Billy Bob should make such a pathetic 'comment'. His 'handlers' would have been better off saying 'he has no comment at this time'. I find it disgusting for this man who has millions of dollars and much talent can lack having UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for his child. I saw him driving in the Valley in a $150,000.00 convertible. Smiling. Enjoying Life. Only a***oles can abandon their KIDS and actually not think twice about it.

PS Did I say he abandoned an 11 year old? Just want to make sure you Billy Bob supporters get it thru your thick heads she was 11, not 21, not 18, not 30..11

1909 days ago
66.

christine    

i agree with # 13! i actually saw the story last night on the local news here in florida and from the way the mom was speaking about this lady, it doesn't sound like she intentionall caused any harm to this child! she was also babysitting the little girl's older sister< and they didnt mention any signs of abuse there. Sometimes these people are quick to lock up innocent pppl and throw away the keys but go through a long process to convict the real child abusers!

1909 days ago
67.

Brooks    

So old Billy Bob admits he walked out on his child and has had NO contact with her for "quite some time".
He neglects children as well...guess the apple didn't fall far from THAT tree.
Walking out on your child....just one more reason to believe that Billy Bob Thorton is THE biggest douche bag in the world!!!!!!!

1909 days ago
68.

Canuckreader    

Was the child by any chance Canadian? Might explain the motive.... ;)

1909 days ago
69.

Ms. X    

Maybe the daughter is having such problems because her "Famous" daddy is estranged from her. What a jerk-off daddy is!

1909 days ago
70.

Sam    

So Billy Bob coudn't even express the tiniest bit of love or concern for his daughter?

1909 days ago
71.

newswatcher    

boy! she is a dead ringer for her father. they look just alike. and...............both of them look miserable.

1909 days ago
72.

csigal    

I am so sick of people blaming their childhood to justify what they have done. And as far as the unconditional love goes, they're only so much you can do for someone. My oldest sister is a drug addict. She just got out of rehab and now we think she is back on the stuff. If we ever find out that she is, that's it. We can't do it anymore. Like I said, they is only so much you can do. Sometimes, they have to help themselves and quit acting like the victim. That's the way everyone is treating this girl. The BABY is the victim, not her.

1909 days ago
73.

judi    

That's sad for the child and the childs family. What I don't understand is when they say blunt trauma. If it's head hit the floor wouldn't that be blunt trauma?

1909 days ago
74.

csigal    

To BBB, it may be a disease but it is their CHOICE to start the drugs and they CHOOSE to stay on them rather than go to rehab and get clean. I am so sick of people saying that. Like they didn't have a choice. They did!! I don't feel sorry at all for drug addicts. They did it to themselves. It's nobody's fault but their own.

1909 days ago
75.

DooDooPeePeeCaaCaa    

Gives a new meaning to "Baby Bump". In all reality, once a child (especially a 1 year old & younger) has any kind of head trauma, even if it seems slight, you need to call a hospital, health care provider, or ( in the case of this young lady) 911. Anyone remember Natasha Richardson ? She was NOT a toddler. Regardless, my heart goes out the the family, and the mis-informed young lady baby sitter. This was avoidable. Who let the lil' monkey jump da fence in the first place ?

1909 days ago
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