The Severe Abuse of Ame Lynn Deal

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Ame Lynn Deal was horribly abused before being killed by her family members.

In July 2011, a 10-year-old American girl named Ame Lynn Deal was killed in Phoenix, Arizona. Deal had been abused by her family members for a long time before she was locked in a footlocker, where she died from suffocation.

Ame’s Early Life

Ame Lynn Deal was born on July 24, 2000, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Shirley Deal, was married to David Deal when she got pregnant.

Shirley says that she was seeing someone else at the time she got pregnant, so it is not known for sure if David Deal is Ame’s father. But Ame’s birth certificate says that her father is David Deal. Before Ame was born, Shirley and David already had two children. Shirley and David lived together until Shirley moved with her children to Donora, Pennsylvania, to stay with her mother.

Ame Lynn Deal

Shirley and the kids eventually moved back in with David and his mother, Judith Deal, and sister, Cynthia Stoltzmann, in Midland, Texas. Shirley says that David’s family treated her like a slave, called her names, and hit her, but that they never hurt the kids. Shirley also says that her family kicked her out, and she moved to Iola, Kansas, without her children.

Ame’s Abuse

Neighbors said that Ame was abused often and that she was forced to walk back and forth on the sidewalk barefoot when it was very hot in Phoenix. At other times, they beat her with a paddle called the “Butt Buster” and made her eat hot sauce and dog poop.  It was said that the punishment was for lying or stealing food.

The family house

The school said that Ame and her siblings were dirty when they came to school. People said that Ame had head lice often. The school staff said that Ame seemed to be the family’s scapegoat. Ame and the other kids were supposedly home-schooled while they lived in Phoenix.

David Deal, who might be Ame’s father, was said to live in a tent with his two other children in the backyard of the family’s rental home. Ame was the only child in the house who was treated poorly.

Death of Ame

On July 12, 2011, police went to the home of Ame Deal after 911 call and found her dead in a small footlocker. She had suffocated. Ame lived with her grandmother, Judith Deal, and her aunt and legal guardian, Cynthia Stoltzmann, 44. Cynthia Stoltzmann’s 23-year-old daughter Sammantha, her 23-year-old son-in-law John Allen, and at least twelve children also lived there.

Ame’s Abusers- bottom (R-L), Judith Deal, and Sammantha. Top (R-L)- Cynthis and John

The family first told the police that Ame had locked herself in the trunk while playing hide-and-seek the night before, after the adults had gone to bed. They all said that the next day, they found Ame dead in the trunk. Police thought that someone had hurt Ame because she was very dirty and had bruises on her left leg from being pushed against the trunk.

After being questioned for a while, Samantha and John Allen admitted that they punished Ame by locking her in the trunk because she took a popsicle without permission. People said that Ame was always hungry.

The Box where she was locked

Ame, who was 4 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 59 pounds, had to be stuffed into a box that was only 3 feet long, 1 foot 2 inches wide, and a foot deep. Ame had to do jumping jacks, backbends, and run around for over an hour in 103-degree heat before she was put in the trunk. Then, a padlock was put on the trunk.

Ame’s family hurt her because they didn’t think she was one of them.

Trial and Sentencing

On July 27, 2011, Sammantha and John Allen were both charged with murder. Judith Deal and Cynthia Stoltzmann were arrested for child abuse and kidnapping because they both said they had locked Ame in the trunk at some point.

David Martin Deal was not charged with killing his daughter, but on June 6, 2013, he was given a sentence after pleading guilty to attempted child abuse.

Ame’s father, David (extreme right)

David Martin Deal was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Cynthia Stoltzmann was given a 24-year prison sentence. Judith Deal was given a sentence of 10 years in prison and probation for the rest of her life.

On August 7, 2017, Sammantha Allen was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection. She was also given 74 years in prison for child abuse and plotting to abuse a child.

Source: Vocal Media

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