Aunt pleads guilty to abusing girl found in container in 2011 - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Aunt pleads guilty to abusing girl found in container in 2011

PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

The aunt of a 10-year-old Phoenix-area girl whose body was found in a plastic container in the torrid Arizona summer heat pleaded guilty to child abuse Friday.

Cynthia Stoltzmann, 45, who was also a legal guardian, pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and one count of attempted child abuse. She is set to be sentenced June 6.

Stoltzmann was accused of throwing Ame Deal into a cold swimming pool several months before the girl's death and forcing her head underwater.

Stoltzmann was also accused of once sitting on a footlocker while the girl was inside, being punished for stealing food at the family home.

The Maricopa County attorney will seek the death penalty for the two other people charged with murdering Ame.

Prosecutors say John "Bud" Allen and Samanthea Allen locked Ame inside the storage box in July 2011. Both of them have pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit child abuse and multiple counts of child abuse.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Regions on track to open new mortgage center by Spring 2019

    Regions on track to open new mortgage center by Spring 2019

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:54:35 GMT
    Crews work on the foundation of the new Regions Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.Crews work on the foundation of the new Regions Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Construction of the new Regions Bank Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg is progressing on schedule, according to Regions' South Mississippi Area president Greg Garraway. 

    More >>

    Construction of the new Regions Bank Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg is progressing on schedule, according to Regions' South Mississippi Area president Greg Garraway. 

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg Circle hosts 'Fuel Up Night' for Oak Grove

    Hattiesburg Circle hosts 'Fuel Up Night' for Oak Grove

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:21 GMT
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. The national chain pledged 10 cents from every gallon of gas sold from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's all part of the company's "Fueling Our Schools" fundraising campaign. Free food and drinks were also on hand to those who stopped by. "We are thrilled to know that people in our community are reaching out to support our schools and give back," said ...More >>
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. The national chain pledged 10 cents from every gallon of gas sold from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's all part of the company's "Fueling Our Schools" fundraising campaign. Free food and drinks were also on hand to those who stopped by. "We are thrilled to know that people in our community are reaching out to support our schools and give back," said ...More >>
  • USM women’s golf finishes sixth at C-USA championship

    USM women’s golf finishes sixth at C-USA championship

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:51:22 GMT

    Paced by Nichada Satasuk, Miranda Holt and Valentina Haupt, the University of Southern Mississippi moved up two spots to finish sixth at the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship played at the Verandah Club’s Old Orange Course.

    More >>

    Paced by Nichada Satasuk, Miranda Holt and Valentina Haupt, the University of Southern Mississippi moved up two spots to finish sixth at the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship played at the Verandah Club’s Old Orange Course.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly