Grandmother of abused girl pleads guilty to charge
By Catherine Holland
PHOENIX (AP) -- The grandmother of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who authorities say died after another relative padlocked her in a footlocker has pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse.
Judith Deal, 74, wasn't charged in Ame Deal's death in July 2011, but was accused of putting hot sauce on the child's mouth, hitting her with a paddle and putting her inside the footlocker as a form of discipline.
She pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of attempted child abuse and faces a punishment ranging from probation to 30 years in prison.
Sentencing is set for June 4.
Ame Deal's father and aunt also have pleaded guilty to abuse charges.
Deal's cousin and her husband, Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen and John Michael Allen, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the girl's death.