A US woman has been given the death penalty after locking her younger cousin in a storage box and leaving her behind to die.
Sammantha Allen, 29, from Phoenix, was found guilty of first-degree murder and four counts of child abuse in regards to 10-year-old Ame Deal.
Authorities said Allen and her spouse, John Allen, forced Ame get into the clear plastic material box as punishment for stealing an ice block. She was left in the box and found lifeless six or seven hours later.
John Allen’s trial is due to begin in October. He’s also charged with first-degree murder and child abuse and confronts the death penalty.
Sammantha Allen will become the 55th woman sentenced to death in the US.
It’s been revealed that Ame’s death occurred after years of abuse in which she was pressured to eat dog fecal material, was kicked in the face and beaten with wooden paddles.
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