PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman was sentenced to death Monday in the killing of her 10-year-old cousin who was locked in a small plastic storage box and left to die.
Sammantha Allen is one of just dozens of female death-row inmates in the United States.
The jury reached the verdict after Allen, 29, was convicted in June of first-degree murder and four counts of child abuse in the 2011 killing of Ame Deal, who was punished for stealing an ice pop.
Allen held her head in her hand and wept as the verdict was read and later cried and hugged her attorneys before she was led out of the courtroom.
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