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Serious Child Abuse Cases in Phoenix

Arizona Woman Convicted for Child Abuse

So as a child everyone remembers the fun of playing in a plastic container or cardboard box. However, for one innocent child, it didn’t turn out so fun.

An Arizona woman is being convicted of first degree murder for the death of her ten year old cousin. Her ten year old little cousin was locked in a small plastic storage box, in deadly hot heat.

Twenty-eight year old, Sammantha Allen has been accused and convicted of helping her husband, lock he cousin, Ame Deal in a box. The box was left outside overnight. This was used as a sick punishment against the poor child.

The bin only had small air holes near the handles. The prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the woman. The penalty part of the trial will begin next week.

According to reports, the young child was suffocated and found dead the next day. The temperatures had surpassed 100 degrees.

Child Abuse

The female was also found guilty of three counts of child abuse as well as conspiracy to commit child abuse. As if this isn’t one of the saddest things you’ve ever heard, wait until you hear why the child was being punished. The child was put in the burning box because she stole and ate a popsicle.

When the young girls body was found, they family said that she had “hidden” in there as they were playing a late night game of hide and seek.

According to reports, this was a form of punishment that was done regularly done by the request of the legal guardian of the girl, Cynthia Stoltzmann.

Apparently the child had a long life of child abuse in her short life. Not just by one relative either, apparently several. The young girl has lived with at least ten adults and children.

Three other relatives have also been convicted of abusing the little girl. They are already serving time in prison.

The girl’s father, David Deal had previously pleaded guilty for attempted child abused and was sentenced to jailed. Stoltzmann was also sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for attempted child abuse.

In 2011 there were reports that the little girl had lived in a house of “horrors”. Police reported that the adults that were supposed to take care of her were actually making her sleep on the floor of the shower stall! They even put hot sauce in her mouth when she lied. They sadly locked in her in an airtight chest as a punishment. What kind of sick family did this little girl live with? So sad that they couldn’t help her.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump’s Statement:

I don’t think that a crime could be more unspeakable.

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