Billy Bob Thornton's daughter has been charged over the death of a child she was babysitting.

Amanda Brumfield - who is estranged from her actor father - was the sole carer of a one-year-old tot last October when the youngster died after allegedly falling from a playpen.

Brumfield has been formally charged with child neglect causing harm or disability.

The 29-year-old claims the child died after sustaining a head injury from the fall but reportedly did not call for help for two-and-a-half hours.

However, medical examiners in Ocoee, Florida, reportedly ruled the death a homicide.

A spokesman for the Ocoee Police Department said: "It's not believable that a one year old can balance themselves on a railing. We do believe her head hit a hard object but you would either have to fall harder or hit something with more force than a 28-inch playpen fall."

Brumfield - Thornton's oldest child - was released on bail on Saturday (30.05.09).

The star's representative said: "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, 'Any time a baby's life is lost is an unimaginable tragedy and my heart goes out to the baby's family and loved ones.' "