Phoenix woman convicted in cousin's death eligible for death penalty

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Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen. left, was convicted of killing her little cousin, Ame Deal, in 2011. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo) Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen. left, was convicted of killing her little cousin, Ame Deal, in 2011. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo)
Ame Deal, 10, was found dead inside a padlocked plastic storage box in 2011. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo) Ame Deal, 10, was found dead inside a padlocked plastic storage box in 2011. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Sammantha Allen, the Phoenix woman who was convicted in the 2011 death of her 10-year-old cousin, Ame Deal, is eligible for the death penalty, according to the Superior Court of Arizona. 

On June 26, Allen was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit child abuse and three counts of child abuse.

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Vincent Funari, public information officer for the Superior Court of Arizona said the jury found aggravating factors to the case which means she will be eligible for the death penalty. 

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In July 2011, Allen locked Deal in a plastic storage box outside in the 100 degree heat to punish her for taking ice pops without permission. She was left in the box overnight and suffocated. 

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The jury will decide in the penalty phase which is set for July 10.

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Note: We've updated the headline of this story to correctly reflect the relationship between Sammantha Allen and Ame Deal

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