Phoenix Police: Abuse of Ame Deal "Makes You Sick to Your Stomach." 10-Year-Old Girl Murdered For Taking Popsicle

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John and Samantha Allen (left) have each been charged with first-degree murder for the death of Samantha Allen's cousin, 10-year-old Ame Deal. Judith Deal and Cynthia Stolzmann (right), Deal's grandmother and aunt, have been charged with kidnapping and child abuse.
We got our hands on the arrest reports for the four monsters charged with the torture and murder of 10-year-old Ame Deal, who suffocated after she was locked in a footlocker and left overnight by family members earlier this month.

If you ever want to smile again, stop reading right now -- it's one of the most horrendous tales of child abuse we've ever seen.

When asked if he's ever seen anything more horrific than what happened to Ame, Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times "simply put, no. It makes you sick to your stomach."

Sadly, getting locked in a 14-inch-wide by 12-inch-tall footlocker was a frequent occurrence for the 10-year-old girl -- and it was probably a welcome break from the other abuse she suffered.

Adding to the utter disgust of the crime: the girl died for taking a Popsicle on a hot July day.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the abuse of Ame includes frequently getting locked in the footlocker, being forced to eat dog feces, getting beaten with a wooden paddle her family referred to as a "butt buster," being forced to sleep in a shower stall with no pillow or blankets, getting forced to do "back bends" for hours, and having hot sauce shoved in her mouth.

All of the aforementioned abuse was "punishment" for doing things like "lying" and stealing food.  

Deal was one of about 12 children living in a filthy house near 35th Avenue and Broadway Road in Phoenix under the guardianship of her grandmother, 62-year-old Judith Deal, her aunt, Cynthia Stolzmann, and her cousin and her husband, John and Samantha Allen, each 23.

According to court documents, Ame was the only of the 12 children who was tortured by the family, and the other children would intentionally do things to get Deal in trouble.

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10-year-old Ame Deal suffocated after being locked in a footlocker by members of her own family.
The Allens have been charged with first-degree murder because they admittedly locked Deal in the footlocker the night she died because she took a Popsicle without asking. Judith Deal and Stolzmann were each booked on charges of kidnapping and child abuse after admitting to police they'd locked the girl in the trunk in the past.

Initially, the death was made to look like an accident. The family told police Ame was playing hide-and-seek when she must have fallen asleep inside the footlocker. Everyone had gone to sleep and forgotten about her, they said.

The family even coached the other children on how to lie to police

However, also living on the property were several people who lived in tents in the backyard of the disgusting home. After Ame's body was found, several people living in the backyard told police about the abuse.

According to one witness, he listened one night as Stolzmann was screaming at Ame while she was in her "bedroom"/shower stall. She was beating Ame because she had "wetted herself."

Other witnesses watched Samantha Allen put Ame in the footlocker as John Allen would kick it and pick it up and flip it over with Ame inside.

When Ame was picking up dog feces in the yard one day, she missed some. Stolzmann, witnesses say, forced her to eat the excrement as punishment.

On the night of her death, John Allen admitted to forcing Ame to position herself in a "back bend" (her hands and feet were on the floor with her back arched up) for over two hours after she "stole" a Popsicle. When she would fall, he says he physically put her back into position.

After the two hours of "back bends," Allen told Ame to go outside and get the footlocker. When she returned, he put her inside. Concerned she might be able to get out, he locked it with a padlock. Then he went to sleep. In the morning, Ame was found dead inside the box.

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paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24

Does anyone know where mommy is? Who was the mother of the other kids in their custody?

paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24 like.author.displayName 1 Like

The people in the tents should be charged with failure to report possible child abuse. It's only a misdemeanor in AZ but in serious cases (which this is) it can be upgraded to a felony. The male only got 14 years for slowly tourturing the poor girl to death? Unbelievable. It's felony murder. It should be life at a minimum.

tosume
tosume

That's what happens when you have inbreeding....you get monsters, like this, who need to have the punishment fit the crime.  Make them eat dog feces, lock them in a tiny locker, make them run on the hot sidewalk, barefooted, etc.......they definitely deserve no mercy whatsoever.  At least little Ame is in Heaven having the time of her life and not having to face these people again.  

tankrollins65
tankrollins65

what makes me sick to my stomach is that none of these cowardly law enforcement geeks still have yet to make an example out of these demons from hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....thats right i said it...and i have the spauldings to do something about it.....

Jlife004
Jlife004

This is the most sickening story I have read in some time. Rest in peace Ame. You will never have to see these sorry excuse for humans again. You now have an eternity in heaven where you can never be hurt again. As for the monsters, I hope you burn in hell.

Ramone_johnny
Ramone_johnny like.author.displayName 1 Like

Kill them all and let God sort them out.

Lauren Duggs
Lauren Duggs

This sounds like An American Crime all over again. Inbred assholes don't deserve the love of a child. They should be lined up and shot.

Julie Potts
Julie Potts

Aught to give them feces for their meals, and put them in a 14 inch wide box, "oh," we'll have to stave them first. So sad, that poor girl only has one picture. So sad that poor little girl didn't have no one to love her here on earth. So sad that that little girl didn't have anyone to stick up for her. So sad that that poor little girl wet the bed because she had a loose bladder, because she more than likely lived in fear. So sad that that poor little girls most happiest moments was to go to school to get away from it all, and then put up with the pressures of society. I bet there isn't anyone that is giving this little girl a thought now, that is because she was never in anybodies heart on this earth, she was a slave, and someone to be mean too. I read so many stories about how adults abuse, and kill children, "how sad." I just wish that I could save the world. I'm glad that Jesus done that for us, and that these beautiful, and innocent children will someday forget about their sorrows, and live all eternity with happiness, and harmony. 

Lost
Lost

horrible, sickening...the torture she went through leaves me speechless and physically sick. May she find peace in Gods loving hands.

Tjay_qt1
Tjay_qt1

These ppl deserve the death penalty!! How cld any one do that to a helpless child!!

Alicia_jyachosky
Alicia_jyachosky

they are pigs hope they take care of them like they do to my couis but more bad

anonymus
anonymus

those parents should be tortured like they tortured that poor girl and maybe if she was still alive today they would stop that torture. they should be ashamed of themselves- even worse - killed

mindig
mindig like.author.displayName 1 Like

what the hell????scum shouldn't be allowed to have kids.may her soul finally rest in peace.as for those pigs who did this to her,you guys will get yours.

jenny519
jenny519 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

that poor child! I am saddened for her :(

The people living in tents in the backyard who knew about the abuse should be ashamed of themselves for not helping Ame 

Hazel Lopez
Hazel Lopez

Stories like this are so upsetting and disturbing to me..and these people that can come out and say they witnessed abuse..but did not do anything to report it should be ashamed of themselves..it seems like some people just like to see drama..and not do anything which is discusting and evil..I could not live with that type of guilt for the rest of my life..by not reporting something that I know is morally wrong..karma always comes back to people..one day the witnesses will be in danger and knowone will be there to help them out..or people will just ignore them and turn the other way like they did to this child..I hope all these people pay for what they did in prison..I notice these child abuser parents always look like low life meth users..you look at them and think I would not even trust my child around them.

Ronnie Rayguns
Ronnie Rayguns like.author.displayName 1 Like

And y'all thought Casey Anthony was a horrible parent.

MLSA
MLSA

There is a special place in Hell for these sadistic monsters!!! No forgiveness shall be given for those who abuse God's children!!!

Shone Johnson
Shone Johnson like.author.displayName 1 Like

God help this poor lil' girl!!! If only the wittnesses would have called chs or the police and got this lil' girl some help, they might have saved her life!!! This is just so sickening to think a human can treat a child in these different ways, and end up killing them!!! It's so sad!! R.I.P.AME<3<3<3 A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL!!!

lost_confused11
lost_confused11

No child deserves to be Abuse or Neglected. And I mean no children. God will take care of everyone in due time. We all love you Ame Lynn Deal

lost_confused11
lost_confused11

Let's all Remember who we are here for please. She was a very special girl, and love a lot by different  people. All of these comments that not About her are getting annoying 

Has Pretty Legs
Has Pretty Legs

My God, that poor little girl. They are inbred monsters and pure evil.

Sherrie Gruber
Sherrie Gruber like.author.displayName 1 Like

I AM NOT YELLING ON HERE AS SOME THINK I AM CAUSE I USE CAPS WELL I CAN'T C VERY WELL WHAT I AM WRITING IF I DON'T USE CAPS....AS FAR AS FACEBOOK GOES SORRY TO SAY THIS THAT IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE WANTS TO PUT THE BLAME ON SOMEONE....I TRIED TO VOICE MY OPINION BUT B/C I USE  CAPS THEY SAY I AM YELLING..ALL I AM SAYING IS Y WOULD KEN GRIEST WAIT SO LONG TO WANT A DNA?IS IT B/C THE POOR CHILD IS GONE?OR HE WANTS TO B ON TV.I KNEW SHIRLEY AND KENNY. AND HE PUTS HIMSELF AS HE IS SO PERFECT WELL IF I REMEMBER RIGHT HE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN SHIRLEY,COMING FROM DIRTY HOMES IF N E ONE INVESTIGATES MAYB ONE NEEDS TO LOOK MORE N 2 HIS SIDE AS WELL BUT IT REALLY DONT MATTER ALL I WAS TRYING TO SAY ALL THE BITCHIN AND COMPLAINING ON HERE IS DOING NOTHING WE ALL NEED TO STICK TOGETHER  AND GO TO WASHINGTON DC AND GET A LAW PASSED FOR AME.U CAN'T PASS THE LAW ON HERE.HOW DO U ALL THINK LAWS GET PASSED.I HAVE ONE ?WHAT EVER HAPPENED ABOUT LITTLE CAYLEE AND ALL THE OTHER LITTLE ANGELS THAT PPL TOOK THEIR LIVES.I JUST READ ABOUT A STORY IN AZ ABOUT A PARENT PUTTING THE CHILD IN SCOLDING HOT WATER OR ABOUT ELDERLY WHO CAN'T DEFEND THEIR SELF AGAINST PPL AND AS FAR AS R PETS GO YES THEY R ONLY ANIMALS BUT THEY BECOME A PART OF R FAMILY TOO AND IT MAKES ME SICK TO C WHAT PPL DO....I FEEL AND THIS IS MY OPINION FOR ALL THE ONES THAT LIVED IN THE TENTS OR THE NEIGHBORS THAT KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON NEED TO B PUNISHED AS WELL AND AS FAR AS THE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT DID THIS PUNISH THEM THE WAY THEY DID WITH AME,WHATS THE SENSE IN PUTTING THEM ON DEATH ROW....ITS NOT GOING TO CHANGE N E THING JUST HAVE TAX PEOPLE PAY FOR EVERY BREATH THAT THEY R BREATHING AND AME IS NOT..............MY PRAYERS R THERE FOR AME AND TO ALL OTHERS THAT EXPIRED IN SOME SORT OF THE SAME PASSION

Miss Kitty's Mafia
Miss Kitty's Mafia

I think it's unfair to point fingers at the neighbors, because I bet dollars to donuts that people made LOTS of calls to police, fire department, code enforcement and social services - how many complaints fell through the cracks, though? 

You know, other parents and kids notice stuff like 13 children in a family running around, not going to school for a year and a half! So I'd be very surprised if nobody called the local elementary schools because there are several in Ame's neighborhood. Maybe all the schools could do was to tell callers to call the school board, though... 

And although the school board aka the Maricopa County Education Service Agency.(MCESA) doesn't have a homeschooling affidavit on file for Ame, did anybody's complaint raise any flags with them? I'm sure people would like the answer to that!

OK, and it also seems likely that someone was getting food stamps since there so many people hanging out at Sin-dy's Crystal Haven. If that's the case, where has the social worker been all this time?!

Arizona doesn't require much for parents to homeschool their kids - they just have to send an affidavit to the MCESA. Neither certification of teachers nor testing of students are required. There are 25,000 students in homeschool programs in Arizona - about one and a half percent of  Arizona's 1.7M children under the age of 18. Arizona shells out about $5,000 per year per student at private and parochial schools; no funds go to individuals who are being homeschooled. 

At 25,000 X $5,000, the State saves $125,000,000 a year with the homeschool program. Former Governor Rose Mofford was homeschooled, along with other Arizona notables, prompting Governor Jan Brewer to proclaim March 1-5, 2010 as *Homeschool Week.* 

Now I 'm sure most parents who homeschool are dedicated to their children's education, but the system failed Ame, I hope our State Legislators will figure out a way to fix the system so it will be easier to challenge the next guardians who say they are homeschooling their children when they're not. Because of this loophole, there was no safety net to protect Ame from the monsters who were more interested in their poison powder than they were in their children.

Carbec
Carbec

Perhaps this is a reason not to allow homeschooling, or at least have some higher standards. Many abuse cases end up being overlooked because the kids were pulled from school or never enrolled.

I do not think kids get as good an education being taught by parents who are not certified teachers. It also sets up the secretive home activities. Every kid should be required to attend public school. We are giving into religious fanatics and also people who do not want their home activities to be revealed.

Capitalheart
Capitalheart

Where's Dexter when you need him?

....poor girl, though. It wasn't an easy life at all, but hopefully this teaches everyone about the severity of people's cruelty and that all types of people are capable. There needs to be a much bigger emphasis on reporting child abuse and all other types of abuse, for that matter.

I sincerely hope Ame has found peace. 

I also hope no other children have to live through anything like this.

nocgirl
nocgirl

RIP beautiful girl. You are safe now.

Kris Bouck
Kris Bouck

I can pretty much tell why the neighbors didn't want to call the police.. that is a bad area and they didnt want the police around to catch them dealing drugs, etc. That is exactly why no one did anything. That area is made up of alot of minorities and they see a beautiful blonde haired girl being mistreated, and they turn the other cheek. Had it been an African American or hispanic, maybe they would have called. So Marcy, let's hear you tell us how much race played a role in this.

Carbec
Carbec

That is such bull. How racist and stupid of you to say African-Americans and Hispanics would not save her because she was white.

Kevin wood
Kevin wood

Does anyone know where the kidnapping charges come from

Nathan Wood
Nathan Wood

Does anyone know why the Grandmother and Aunt is charged with kidnapping?

Mary
Mary like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why did these people witness this abuse and not say something.....They are just as bad...JLC

Jan
Jan

There are no words to express the horribly ill minded persons involved with the death of young Ame.  All persns called for a problem within the home concerning Ame should feel responsible.Since 2006 Ame was given up - WHY?  -  You are going to tell me they spoke, saw one another form time to time.  Please the four adults within the horrific death of Ame Deal do not deserve a trial and not any one person or judge should have to listen to any or all excuses they might want to or have said.

It is way to late to even think any one person did anything correct for that child.  I didn't even know her and it really hurts to think every person in her life failed her for life.  God won and God help us if he truly answered every prayer she ever prayed.

Meash33
Meash33

This is beyond sick on every level. Just take those four monsters get for small for lockers and lock them inside them leave them outside until they die. Very simple why bother putting them in jail and wasting the tax payers dollars. These things are less then human, and should just be tortured and killed cut and dry. Also the people who were living in tents should be arrested and locked in a box to die. They all knew what was going on but no one reported it? How is this possible? Welcome to a society of morally bankrupt people. In America we make excuses for all of our criminals and then go as far as to "pay" them for their stories and make them mini celebrities. Look Americans its time to get back to basics and stop providing the platform for all of these monsters and start using the death penalty!!! FYI I could care less to all of the do good liberals who are against it...Imagine that was your kid found dead in that box, lets see how quick you change sides!!!

Marilyn Kent
Marilyn Kent

I cried when I read this. This innocent child being tortured and in the end killed by her own family. I hope the people who tortured Ame Deal suffer the same torment  in prison; which is to good of a place for them but it will due until they reach Hell.

LinnyBread
LinnyBread like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am 50 years old and survived years of abuse from my father, my own mother looked away.  No one, not one single soul, helped me and my sisters.  Eventually my father left and I've broken the cycle of abuse.  The physical scars have faded away but the scars I carry inside are with me forever.  God bless Ame, I know she is in a better place.  A place only abused children can dream of.  May those who punished her find redemption. 

Lashandashardesty
Lashandashardesty

This is truly sad and pathetic all those people and no one spoke out until it was to late

Noni2anangel
Noni2anangel

I say let them eat dog feces 3 x a day, do "back bends" for hours,sleep in shower stalls and be put in footlockers and  when they are almost at death bring them and and start all over again.I also think we should look at a system that lets someone like her "Grandmother" have gaurdianship. Where are her parents and why were they not raising her.

Ajaksajaks
Ajaksajaks

Disgusting.....these scumbag pieces of sewer-rot hated themselves so much that they tortured this little girl to death.....I feel like driving to Arizona and torturing these people far worse than they could've ever imagined torturing that poor little innocent girl......it's almost a blessing she passed,they probably had damaged her beyond repair....amazing she could actually muster a smile for her school photo....my heart breaks for he and all the other little innocents who never asked to be born into this cruel sick world.

Airy
Airy

Good article Mr. King. It sickens me to know how far human beings have "regressed" on those charts that supposedly show how far we have evolved from the monkey,etc.stage. Now we can kill walking upright.

Carbec
Carbec

Even animals protect their offspring.

Just a thought that probably will not be well-received. I wonder what kind of childhoods these four adults experienced?

Another thought: There seemed to be a pack mentality with these people. The weakest one, the one with no protector, was abused to death. Their anger and hate for their own pathetic lives and explusion from normal society, seemed to have been directed at the weakest, and once the abuse started, they all piled on as if it were acceptable.

Just looking at the psychology of all this. Horrific as it is, maybe we can learn about ourselves and others.

Edles
Edles

This is so typical of the Phoenix Police.  They do nothing until it's too late.  So NOONE reported ANYTHING even though they were abusing this child out in the open and people living in tents in the yard? I DONT BUY IT.  I have tried 3x to make reports to the police myself (meth lab, suspected child abuse, gang activity).  All 3x I hit a rude and mean brick wall.  This group of inbreds weren't the only one who shouldve been watching out for this little girl.  The civil servants we pay taxes for should've been there for her too.  I won't be shocked at all when it comes out (and it will) how many times people raised a red flag with the police here and were ignored.

Tank rollins
Tank rollins

im coming out of retirement...somebodys going to the woodshed...of the po-leese in phoenix do not have the spauldings to do it, I DO.....start training kids.....

Roselynt15
Roselynt15

all those people who knew this girl was bring abused by these sickos should be arrested too, they could have reported the abuse,and saved this girl , but ni they kept their mouths shut like cowards, and this child's blood is on their hands too.

Trish4me
Trish4me

I'm so saddened by this . Reading this article made me Have chills and sick.... God gave us eyes and mouths for a reason. I think its about time we use them so that maybe a horrible situation like this could be prevented in our future .

Goose
Goose

I feel like throwing up. If they didn't think this child was related, why did the take custodyof her? She was failed by everyone. How  alone self worthless she must have felt thatshe was treated this way and no one stepped up to the plate to help her. I could justcry. How many other Ame's are out there? I hope these creatures get the death sentence.I hope heads roll in the child protection system. If you think a child is being abused don'tjust report it to the system. Try to follow up to see if steps were taken to help thechild. I think of all the good people in this country that would loved to have had heras their child. Again I could just cry. 

azcrazeee
azcrazeee

I.m just speculating,but I imagine they kept Ame for the extra food stamps and welfare money.

Truechristian1
Truechristian1

As a foster parent it is so sad to hear and see that one child was lost due to negligence. As a mother of 3, I would have never left my children behind knowing the abuse that was done. As a father if I thought the child was not mind I would of done a DNA test to see if that child was mine. These people who kept Ame if they did not want the child why did they not drop her off at a safe haven so that the child could of been placed in a loving home. The father needs to be arrested along with the rest as an accomplice to the crime that was committed. I know he witness all the abuse. All I have to say is God was tired of this child being abused and no help to rescue her. So God has her now she has peace and love from the angels above. And I pray for all of those involved because one day they will have to answer for the pain and agony they put this child through. RIP Ame in God's arm.

Hazel Lopez
Hazel Lopez

I agree with you sometimes I wonder if God decides to take these children since he knows they are suffering to a better place..since we dont live in a peace land with all nice good hearted people..if he saved children he would have to save everyone to be fair..there would be no crimes or deadly diseases in the world nothing bad would happen to anyone..which would be nice but we would seem like robots.. sadly we dont live in a peace world like that..man has free will..these monsters will pay sooner or later in life.

Carbec
Carbec

Seems like god would have saved Ame from horrendous abuse before her death. You Christians sure know how to justify every action. Too bad he did not remove this child from the hands of her abusers, allow good parents to raise her, and have her become the person she was meant to be. Instead, god said no to Ame.

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