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Trial set for Phoenix woman accused of abusing niece

PHOENIX — An April 16 trial date has been set for a woman charged with
abusing her 10-year-old niece who authorities said died after other relatives
padlocked her in a footlocker.

Ammandea Stoltzmann is charged with abusing Ame Deal, but isn’t charged in the
child’s death.

The 25-year-old Stoltzmann is accused of scrubbing the 10-year-old’s face with
a wire brush, kicking her in the face and putting hot sauce in her mouth.

Five other Deal relatives are charged with child abuse in the case.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against two relatives charged in
Deal’s death.

Deal’s relatives have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police said some relatives put the child in the footlocker for misbehaving, beat
her with a wooden paddle and forced her to eat dog waste.

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