Death penalty possible for accused child killers

Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen, and her husband, John Michael Allen, both 28, are going on trial for Ame Deal’s murder.

When Ame’s heartless guardians decided the little girl was out of line, in she went.

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Her mother fled the abuse and torment from the hillbilly headcases years before.

Later this week her cousin, Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen, and her husband, John Michael Allen, both 28, are going on trial for Ame’s murder.

Ame Deal died alone and terrified stuffed into a plastic toy box.
Already her grandmother, two aunts and her biological father, David Deal, have been hammered with long jolts in prison for their roles in her tragic life and death.

The details are sickening.

She stole a popsicle and was just 10 years old.

In total, six people were arrested and charged in connection to the sad little girl’s senseless death.

Investigators wrote about life for the girl: “The common theme is, Ame is bad, Ame lies, Ame steals, Ame is not allowed to play.”

And that’s where she was found lifeless in July 2011.
“Simply put, no. It makes you just sick to your stomach,” Crump said.

There were also 10 other children in the home. Tami Sweeney adopted one of them and read his victim impact statement in court to David Deal.
“I hope you burn in hell for everything you did to us kids,” the impact statement read.

Her sinister relatives forced her to eat dog feces, crush aluminum cans with her barefeet, eat hot sauce, kicked her in the face, beaten senseless with a wooden paddle and being dunked to the point of drowning in the swimming pool.

David Deal – on his way to 14 years in prison – sat stone-faced. He did not flinch. 


Her death ended a harrowing cycle of abuse at the hands of people who were supposed to love her.

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Once, her father put her in the box then tossed it into the pool.

Trent Crump told the New Times he had never seen anything like the barbaric torture and abuse Ame suffered. Phoenix police Det.

And looming on the table is the death penalty. The duo have pleaded not guilty.

And then there was the box. It was three feet long by a foot wide and a foot deep.