A man who killed a 10-year-old girl by locking her in box for stealing an iced lolly has been sentenced to death.
John Michael Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse charges in 2017 after he padlocked Ame Deal into a box and left her there for six hours where she tragically suffocated.
After recently appealing his sentence, a Supreme Court in Arizona, the US, has now upheld the sentence for Allen to die by lethal injection.
Allen’s wife Sammantha Allen, who was Ame’s cousin, was also sentenced to death.
Ame’s grandmother, Judith Deal, her aunt and legal guardian Cynthia Stolzman and he father, David Deal were also all charged with child abuse and received jail terms.
According to azcentral, court documents said that “eleven jurors found that Allen was major participant in committing the child abuse that resulted in death and acted with reckless indifference towards her life”.
Court documents also revealed how John Allen and other family members sentenced often used harsh punishments on Ame for minor mishaps.
On the night of her death, John and Sammantha Allen also forced her to face a wall and keep her arms raised, forced her to do jumping jacks and remain in a ‘backbend position’ with her head and feet on the floor for three hours.
John Allen then locked her in a box that was 21 inches shorter than her height.
All punishments on the night Ame died where for stealing a fruit popsicle.
Sammantha Allen stood by and watched as she was padlocked inside.