Ame Lyn DealAme Deal

Ame Lyn Deal was a 10 year girl that lived in Phoenix, AZ.  Ame is said to have loved singing country songs. When Ame was 4 her mother took her and her at the time husband, who is not Ame’s father, and moved to several states. The latest was AZ. Ame’s dad was said to have been looking for her for years. When he heard the story of what happened to his daughter he fell.
Ame had to endure severe abuse. She would be made to walk up and down the hot sidewalk with out shoes. She would be forced to eat dog poop if she didn’t pick it up, beaten with boards, fed hot sauce, and deprived of food. She would be forced to do backbends for several hours prior to having to drag a 31.5 in x14in x12.25in chest inside and was stuffed inside of it. The last time Ame was made to stay in the chest was when she was caught eating a popsicle out of the fridge. The chest was padlocked while the ones that did this to her went to bed. In the morning Ame was found dead. She had suffocated during the night. The accused first stated it had been a hide and seek game the children had been playing put then admitted to harming Ame. 4 people are being charged with the death of Ame Deal.


4 relatives charged in Phoenix child's death .Associated Press
Posted on August 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says four relatives of a 10-year-old Phoenix girl are facing multiple felony charges in her death.

Montgomery said Wednesday a Maricopa County Grand Jury has indicted the child's cousins, John and Samantha Allen, both 23, for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit child abuse and multiple child abuse accounts in the death of Ame Deal.

The girl's grandmother, 62-year-old Judith Deal, and the child's aunt, 44-year-old Cynthia Stoltzmann, are each charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

Police and prosecutors believe the child was placed in a locked plastic box as a form of punishment.

The Allens are currently in custody on a $1 million cash bond. Judith Deal and Cynthia Stoltzmann are held on a $500,000 cash bond. All four defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on August 17.

AME LYNN DEAL - 10 yo - Phoenix AZ
by TomTerrific0420 on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:14 pm

.PHOENIX -- Phoenix police homicide investigators have arrested four
people in connection to the death of a 10-year-old girl whose body was
found inside a box on July 12.
Police originally thought a game of hide-and-seek had turned deadly but now say family members fabricated the story.

During the initial investigation, the family had told police that Ame
Lynn Deal and other children were playing hide-and-seek and they
believed that Ame must have climbed into the storage box to hide and had
accidentally suffocated.
According to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department,
investigators determined that Ame was forced into the footlocker-type
box as punishment for stealing a Popsicle from the refrigerator. The box
was padlocked and Ame was left in it overnight at her home near 35th
Avenue and Broadway Road.

She was found dead the following morning.
Crump said Ame was forced to do backbends for several hours prior to
dragging the chest inside the house herself. He described the box as
31.5 inches in length, 14 inches wide and 12.25 inches deep. At the
time of her death, Ame was 4 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 60 pounds.

Ame's family members regularly locked her in the box as discipline for
poor behavior, according to Crump. There were allegations that she was
fed hot sauce, deprived of food and beaten with a board over the past
few months. He said when Ame wouldn't pick up dog feces, it was rubbed
on her and she was forced to eat it.
"This child died at the hands of those who were supposed to love and
care for her... this case has turned the stomachs of some of our most
seasoned detectives," Crump said.

John Allen and his wife, Samantha Allen, both 23, confessed to placing
and padlocking Ame in the box on July 12. They were left in charge of
Ame that night. They were charged with first-degree murder.

Ame's aunt, Cynthia Stoltzmann, 44, and her grandmother, Judith Deal,
62, admitted to previously confining the child in the box as punishment.
They were charged with child abuse and kidnapping.

A Fayette County man claims he is the father of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who authorities said suffocated in a footlocker where she was put as punishment for eating a Popsicle without permission.

Kenneth Griest of Grindstone said the victim, Ame Lynn Deal, was his biological daughter, though his name does not appear on the child's birth certificate.

Ame was systematically starved and beaten, according to police in Phoenix. She suffocated July 12 after she was stuffed into the footlocker on a 103-degree day, police said.

Charged with first-degree murder are the child's cousin, Samantha Allen, and her husband, John Allen, both 23. They were jailed on $1 million bail. The child's grandmother, Judith Deal, 72, and her aunt and legal guardian, Cynthia Stolzman, 44, were charged with kidnapping and child abuse.

The four frequently locked the child in the airtight 14- by 31-inch footlocker, forced her to eat dog feces and beat her with a wooden paddle the family called a "butt buster," police allege.

They forced Ame to do strenuous exercises in hot weather, sleep in a shower stall and swallow hot sauce when she was caught stealing food because she was chronically hungry, police said.

The child was at least 16 pounds underweight, police said, noting that she weighed only 59 pounds when she died.

Griest, 47, would like to have Ame's remains shipped to Pennsylvania, so his family could hold a service and bury her in a family plot in Uniontown.

"I never got to say goodbye," he said.

Griest had not seen the child since she was 4 when her mother, Shirley Lecomte Deal, formerly of Connellsville, left with her husband, David.

David Deal, 51, was living in a tent in the backyard of the filthy, rubbish-strewn Phoenix home where the child's body was found, police said. Several adult relatives and a dozen children also lived there.

Ame was born July 24, 2000, in Washington County, according to her birth certificate. Griest said he had a relationship with Shirley Deal when she was estranged from her husband. Both were living in Rostraver Apartments in Rostraver at the time, and Deal became pregnant.

Griest said he kept strands of Ame's hair from her first haircut that will prove he fathered the child if he undergoes DNA testing. He kept records of Ame's childhood inoculations and fingerprints, he said.

Griest and Deal shared custody of Ame until she was 4. Then Deal, her husband and Ame left, moving to Wisconsin, Texas, Utah and Phoenix.

When the family arrived in Arizona, David Deal kept custody of Ame, and Shirley moved on to Kansas, Griest said.

He spent years trying to find Ame, Griest said.

"Every time we got a lead, she vanished into thin air," Griest said. "They moved from city to city and state to state."

The last time he saw his daughter was at her fourth birthday party.

"She loved to sing," Griest recalled. "She sang country songs. I don't know how she could remember the words."

He learned about Ame's death through a text message from his sister-in-law. Griest said he thought she was referring to another relative named Ame. He later learned it was his daughter.

"Right there, I just dropped," he said. "Come on. They killed her for stealing a Popsicle?"

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