A Phoenix couple, John Michael Allen, 29, and Sammantha Allen, 28, were convicted of murder of the 10-year-old Ame Deal, who died after being locked in a storage box on a hot summer day in 2011. The couple punished the little girl by forcing her into a tiny box for stealing ice pops. They left the child in the box and slept the whole night. In the morning, Ame was found breathless in the plastic box, according to investigation. The girl was shockingly abused several times until her death by the relatives who were taking care of her. The girl was forced to eat dog feces, crush aluminum cans barefoot, eat hot food, remain in the storage box for other punishments. They also kicked her in the face while she was on the ground, beat her inhumanly and threw in a cold swimming pool, according to authorities.
The grown-ups of the house declared that Ame Deal was playing hide-and-seek late at night, she hid during the game and was only found hours later.
John Michael Allen, Sammantha’s husband, was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday. He was also found guilty of child abuse in Ame’s murder. John Michael Allen can face a death penalty after jurors determine the type of murder.
Sammantha Allen, Ame Deal’s cousin, was also convicted of murder and is, currently, on death row in Arizona. The girl’s three other relatives - her father, grandmother and aunt - are in prison serving sentences for abusing Ame Deal. As for the child’s mother, she had moved to Kansas after being abused by relatives.