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Woman Gets 15 Years In Prison For Killing Toddler With Chili Powder

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The Apple Valley woman who killed her boyfriend's 2-year-old with chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.Amanda Sorensen, 23, had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the January 2013 death of Joileen Garcia, according to CBS Los Angeles. She must serve the full sentence and won't be eligible for parole.

Sorensen had said that she was trying to discipline Joileen with chili powder, because her boyfriend often punished his kids with hot sauce. The 2-year-old tried to spit out the powder but Sorensen put her hand over her mouth. Joileen ended up having a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A dozen family members and supporters from the toddler's family showed up to sentencing and a few read victim impact statements, according to the Victorville Daily Press. Joileen's mother Brenda Lopez said, "Just two short years ago, my daughter was tragically taken from me by a woman who sits in this courtroom. Joileen brought joy and smiles to everyone in her presence."

Sorensen’s defense attorney David Sanders had tried to argue that it was a case of "involuntary manslaughter." He told the Daily Press, "There was never an intent to kill."