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AZ Sentences Woman Who Locked 10-Year-Old Cousin in Trunk: Death

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

It takes an evil person to lock a child in a trunk. Especially for doing something small like stealing a popsicle. Should he have stolen it? No. However, he did not deserve to die over that. We are not living in the middle ages anymore.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to an Arizona boy named America Deal. The 10-year-old was locked in a hot trunk by his 29-year-old cousin, Sammantha Allen, as “punishment” for stealing a popsicle.

On Monday, Allen was sentenced to death, making her the third woman to be handed a death sentence in Arizona.

Fox News reports:

The jury deliberated for more than a week before returning the verdict against Allen. The 29-year-old was convicted in June of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her cousin in 2011.

“We the jury duly impaneled and sworn in the above entitled actions upon our oaths having considered all the facts and circumstances unanimously find that the defendant should be sentenced to death.”

Allen put her head down and sobbed as the verdict was read.

One Juror said, “She didn’t care what happened to this child. It was all about what was going to happen to her. I was looking for something from her. That was her chance to plead for her life and it just felt short.”

Another juror said, “I think the hardest thing for all of us was the victim and learning about what her life really entailed and the years of abuse that she suffered.”

It was a unanimous decision by the juror that Allen appeared to feel guiltless about her cousin’s death.

Is capital punishment a fair ruling for her crime? Her actions directly took the life of another human. So she is only reaping what she sowed.


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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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