Ame Deal's Killers Indicted for First-Degree Murder; No Decision on Whether Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty

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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 child abuse.

The two people who admitted to locking 10-year-old Ame Deal in a tiny footlocker -- where she ultimately died last month -- have been formally indicted on first-degree murder charges.

In addition to the murder charges, Samantha Allen -- Ame's cousin -- and her husband, John Allen have been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit child abuse, and multiple counts of child abuse.

The abuse, as we've noted in prior posts, was punishment for "stealing" a Popsicle on a hot July day in Phoenix.


"This horrific case has deeply disturbed not only the citizens of Maricopa County, but people throughout the country as it offends the essence of what it means to be a parent or guardian of a young child," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says in a statement. "Instead of caring for Ame Deal, we are alleging that these family members utterly failed her. My office will spare no effort in seeking justice for Ame and ensuring the public has confidence in the result."

Two of Ame's other relatives -- her aunt, Cynthia Stolzman, and her grandmother, Judith Deal -- were each charged with multiple counts of child abuse for also abusing the girl.

MCAO spokesman Jerry Cobb tells New Times that no decision has been made about whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the Allens.

Below, we'll again provide details of the horrific abuse Ame suffered at the hands of her relatives. It's pretty horrible stuff -- you've been warned.

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Ame Deal, 10, was murdered because she stole a Popsicle.

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.

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 -- including Ame's father and two of his other children -- 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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Sherri
Sherri

They should not even think about putting them in prison,they should be put to death ASAP,There was no reason to punish her like that ..they have been doing thus for yrs,I guess it wasn't about money I just don't understand why did they choose her and only her and where did all the other kids come from and who are they.The problem with society is no one wants to get involved I feel everyone that was living there inside or outside should be arrested and as far as the neighbors go they should be arrested as well,I am sure if it was there child they would feel the same way if no one stepped in to help them.As far as the children services they play a part in this as well and there should be something done about them as well.....To many people are involved in this and they need to be punished for it,and as far as the one guy in Pennsylvania who claims to be Ame's father I don't understand how he says that the mother left him while he was at work when that was a lie,I know she left him because he was hitting the Ame's mom Shirley and that when she could not get Ame back from Texas when the police were called she has sole custody of Ame but the police told Shirley that as long as David's name is on the birth certificate  they can't do anything,then when Shirley went back to Kenny Griest in 2009 that he failed to tell the newspaper he told them he has not seen Ame or Shirley since 2006 now he is no better,,the mother is going through Hell and having a hard time dealing with this not to mention all the holidays coming up,My heart goes out for her,I can't say I know how she feels b/c I have never lost a child but I am sure she is hurting,I pray for her everyday that she pulls through this,group therapy is a good thing thank GOD...May GOD watch over Shirley and make her safe and Ame you rest with the angels no more pain for you just everlasting love......We love and miss you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Tom and Sherri

Rashellemccarthy
Rashellemccarthy

People are that crazy to do that to a little girl or anyone needs to go threw what they did to her and then they need to be torchured and then they need to be put in to a prison and tourchured by the worse prison people possible and then go threw it as long as possible every day and then when people have got justice for ame deals dealth they need to be put to dealth in the most painful way. I know how abuse feels it is not a good feeling.

Cindy Burns
Cindy Burns

There is absolutely no justification at all for this type of child abuse! These people should be have an immediate death penalty!! There is no room for rehabilitation. They are sick beyond comprehension. That a child should spend her short years living this kind of nightmare just makes me cry. To never know love & compassion is a true sin. The entire family seems to be demented. I hope she is finally at peace. It is sad death had to be her only relief.

Tattingirl
Tattingirl

There should be a good samaritan law everywhere. The neighbors who witnessed these abuses should be fined for not reporting them to the police.

Sherrie Gruber
Sherrie Gruber

 a eye for a eye.....there r 3 that can't defend their self.....kids,elderly,and pets and its sad to say we as the general public pay for them when they r in prison.i feel u take a life urs should b taken and they wander y jails r over populated.ame fell through the system as well as thousands of other kids do every min of the day.i just don't understand how cps can sleep at night knowing they r there to help those that can't help their own self.i don't understand y the people that lived there didn't do n e thing.i don't understand.....ame didn't deserve this if they didn't want her y not take her to cps or give her back to her mother...well may her soul rest in peace and she not suffer n e more.....xoxoxox

Jason
Jason

Monty better grow a pair and actually seek the needle against these disgusting criminals.

azamw517
azamw517

It's too bad the 2 that weren't charged with murder instead were charged as accomplices in addition to child abuse which they were charged with since I'm sure they stood by and watched what the 2 were doing to her when locking Ame in that foot locker.  This is absolutely reprehensible what they did to this little girl.  These people are all inhumane.  The 2 that were charged with murder need to get the death penalty, no doubt about it and they need to die right away ... they don't deserve to sit on death row for 10 or 20 years ... they deserve nothing but mistreatment themselves and I hope they've already been beat to a pulp in jail by the other inmates.  The sorry ass bastards are nothing but garbage ... and those who were living in that house that witnessed the abuse and stood by countless times and did nothing should be charged with something too ... how could anyone stand by and let something so inhumane happen to someone and not say anything ... they are as bad as the people mistreating the children ... they allowed it to happen because they didn't do anything about it to stop it or prevent it from continuing to happen.  They didn't reach out to the authorities and report this abuse and mistreatment which makes them just as guilty as those who did commit the crimes!!!!

Tempepolicecloset.com
Tempepolicecloset.com

Read all about Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery at tempepolicecloset.comLittle Billy has climbed into political bed with Tempe police chief Tommy Ryff.  The hardcore Christian and the police chief whose religion is lying and cheating on his wife.

Katenaz
Katenaz

what does your post have to do with the horrific crime these inbred hillbillies committed against an innocent 10 yr old..unless you're related to these white trash.

Ra
Ra

if any of them get out of jail..EVER, I will be waiting for them. 

KatenAz
KatenAz

Judith and Cynthia need to go to prison for several years and get the shit beat out of them in prison for what they did to Ame. And I bet they enjoyed punishing that child. They are not mothers or grandmothers.... that is an insult to those of us who nuture and protect children and have earned that title. Samantha and John ought to get the DP- what they did to Ame that horrible day is proof they are inhumane sewage and you can't rehabilitate someone like that. And here is an article on Cynthia, from Bad Breeders. Aint this the truth. http://badbreeders.net/2011/08...

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

I'm all for the death penalty for these sordid type of crimes. What these Uber-Manson-like family did to that poor little girl is unfathomable. They deserved the needle, and then it's closure for Ame Deal's mother. And Ame Deal can now R.I. P. knowing that Justice has been served in her memory.

Lost_confused11
Lost_confused11

The best Justice for Ame Deal is for GOD to take of these people. That would be the best Justice system for our little Angel. 

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

That may be the best Justice according to you. But that is strictly between them and God. and no one else And that will only occur after death. But realistically, what we need is Justice for the living. And that means the Death Penalty. Then your God can deal with them later.

Tiredofthis11
Tiredofthis11

There are also several other people that feel the same way about this, and just to let you know something GOD can strike anyone whenever he wants. 

morgana
morgana

this family originally lived in utah where child abuse against ame deal was reported to cps by ames teachers at school. unfortunately nothing was done about it. they moved to arizona and the abuse continued in phoenix. the grandmother and her daughter should be charged with murder. they were the instigators responsible for the horrific abuse to ame in utah. no sympathy whatever for these people. lock them up and throw away the key.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Let's hope this gets assigned to a competent DA. Horne would mess it up and they'd walk.

RMC
RMC

Lets all hope that this won't end the same way as the Casey Anthony trial. It makes me sick thinking that there are actual people out there that treat small, innocent children like this. To me life in prison, is still letting these people off easy.

Pablocruz
Pablocruz

Just for the sake of those reading about this for the first time, you should have clarified in the story that she was accused of "stealing" that popcicle from the refrigerator in her home.

Coz
Coz

Lock them all in the same foot locker and throw them off the Tempe bridge into the water and be done with it.

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