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Couple Face Death Penalty For Locking A Girl In A Box In Boiling Heat

Wed, January 25, 2012 11:55am EDT by 11 Comments

A couple is accused of killing their 10-year-old cousin by locking her inside a storage bin after she took a Popsicle without permission — what a horrible story!

Arizona residents John and Samantha Allen, both 23 years old, pleaded not guilty for the tragic death of their young cousin Ame Deal, according to The Daily Mail. The innocent girl’s body was found suffocated inside of a plastic box in the intense July heat. Her relatives claimed it was a hide-and-seek game gone terribly wrong, but investigators soon discovered the family was lying to cover up shocking actions.

Police say babysitters John and Samantha’s cruel discipline tactics included forcing their young cousin to do intense physical exercise such as backbends and running around the 103 degree heat before climbing inside the storage bin in the hot summer temperatures. Samantha watched as her husband locked the girl inside, and then the couple went to sleep.

Little Ame was four feet, two inches tall, but the box was only 14 inches wide, about a foot deep and less than three feet long!

The next morning, Ame’s body was discovered. The couple have allegedly locked her inside numerous times — even throwing the box around while she was still inside!

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the crimes warrant the death penalty because the girl was so young and the murder was committed in an “especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner.”

What a HORRIBLE crime!

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