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

Wed, January 25, 2012 11:55am EST 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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Posted at 5:52 PM on May 11, 2012  

where were the parents that did NOTHING to protect their child.. this child was tortured everytime they were in there hands.. there more charges to come i hope..

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Posted at 10:06 AM on February 7, 2012  

I hope they rot in hell. I truly think instant death is not the proper punishment for these 2 heartless monsters. They should have the same horrific act done to them, and I would take it as far as adding some honey in the bin and letting loose some mean army ants to eat them up alive as they burn up in the small bin. They were knowingly inflicting suffering to this poor little girl. And, the family should also be punished for neglecting to come forth to report their abuses. I am sure that each time this little girl was left in their care, they mistreated her. But, ppl that knew never reported and now this little girl left his eart in a horrific way, suffering. There is no amount of punishment that can ever bring solace to anyone who cared for this little angel. RIP and may you know peace and love now.

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Posted at 2:09 AM on February 1, 2012  

what about family trying to clover it up the whole family should burn in hell. wtf is wrong with them with a not guilty plead

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Posted at 2:03 PM on January 29, 2012  

These people should have done to them what was done to that little girl!!!! Where is the justice in this sick, crazy world we live in!!!! SOOOOO sad! :( this breaks my heart….there are some sick freaks in this world!!!

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Posted at 4:45 AM on January 26, 2012  

The sad part now is that they wont get the death penalty because it wasn’t premeditated.
I hope I’m wrong because that whole family should be executed.
Rest in peace little Ame, rest in peace little one.

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Posted at 7:54 AM on February 8, 2012  

Actually they can still get the death penalty. Even if its not premeditated there are still ways for it to be defined as a capital offense, such as cruel and unusual punishment. And especially given the girl’s age, there’s no doubt in my mind that they will be given the death penalty if convicted

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Posted at 7:47 PM on January 25, 2012  


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Posted at 7:25 PM on January 25, 2012  

It’s freakin sickos like these that instead of going to jail for what they did they should be kept in a box with high heat like they did to the little girl and see how they like it!

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Posted at 10:28 AM on February 6, 2012  

I have to agree with morgz. Lock them in a box and see how they like it.

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Posted at 7:01 PM on January 25, 2012  

Sometimes I can’t believe monsters like that exist. I hope they get a least life in prison. May she rest in peace.

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Posted at 2:06 PM on January 25, 2012  

That is terrible!

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