Trial set for Ammandea Stoltzman, woman accused of abusing niece Ame Deal

PHOENIX - An April 16 trial date has been set for a woman charged with abusing her 10-year-old niece who authorities say 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 say some relatives put the child in the footlocker for misbehaving, beat her with a wooden paddle and forced her to eat dog feces.

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