Actor Billy Bob Thornton's eldest daughter Amanda Brumfield has been found guilty of manslaughter of a 12-month-old infant.
Amanda Brumfield, estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton, was convicted of the aggravated manslaughter of her best friend's daughter in Orlando, Friday, the 27th May, 2011. The Orange County State Attorney's office declared the verdict against 32-year-old Amanda Brumfield on the same day.
The daughter of Billy Bob Thornton faced the murder charges in the October 2008 death of Heather Murphy's daughter, Olivia Madison Garcia, who she was babysitting at that time. The trial of Billy Bob Thornton's daughter ended on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida.
The 1-year-old child, Olivia Madison Garcia, died during a sleepover in 2008. However, Amanda Brumfield denied charges of manslaughter. It was claimed by Billy Bob Thornton's daughter that the girl fell and hit her head with fatal injuries while trying to climb out of a playpen.
Brumfield added that Olivia's death at the Orlando home of her friend was an accident. According to police, Amanda Brumfield waited more than two hours to call them for help.
However, Brumfield told during investigation that the child initially appeared normal and fine after her injury and that's why she waited to get help. Her defense later suggested that the fall might have aggravated tot's previous injury.
In spite of all explanations of Billy Bob Thornton's daughter, the prosecution found it impossible that a fall could cause a three-and-a-half inch fracture on the back of the skull and the excessive bleeding and swelling found in the girl's brain after autopsy.
According to reports, Brumfield, who is the eldest daughter of Billy Bob Thornton from his first marriage to Melissa Parish, is expected to be sentenced in July. Billy Bob Thornton claimed that he was not in contact with Mrs. Brumfield for some time.
A year ago, when Amanda Brumfield was charged with the offense, Billy Bob Thornton released a statement through his publicist, Arnold Robinson, stating, "The actor is estranged from his daughter" and has had no contact with her for quite some time."
The written statement from Billy Bob Thornton also added, "When informed about this situation, he (Thornton) 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."
Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton has starred in many famous movies including Oscar-winning "Monster's Ball". However, he is best known for his weird short-lived marriage to Hollywood beauty.
The talented Billy Bob Thornton has been married five times and has fathered four children from three different women.