Billy Bob Thornton Daughter Guilty in Tot's Death

Amanda Brumfield skipped first-degree murder charges, but nabbed manslaughter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2011 8:55 AM CDT
This image shows the booking photo of the estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton, Amanda Brumfield, who was booked at the Orange County Florida Jail on Wednesday June 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Orange County Jail)
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(Newser) – The estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton has been found guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child in Orlando. Amanda Brumfield, 32, was convicted Friday, and is expected to be sentenced in July. She was acquitted of first-degree murder and aggravated child-abuse charges. Prosecutors say Brumfield killed her best friend's daughter during an overnight stay in October 2008.

Brumfield says 1-year-old Olivia Madison Garcia was trying to climb out of a playpen and hit her head. The defense suggested the fall may have aggravated a previous injury, causing her death. Prosecutors say it's impossible that a fall from that height caused a three-and-a-half inch fracture on the back of the girl's skull and the bleeding and swelling found in her brain.

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