Invisible Children

Ame Deal

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Ame Deal

10 year old Ame Deal died of suffocation after being locked in a footlocker overnight as punishment for stealing a popsicle. Ame’s grandparents, with whom she lived, frequently locked her in the footlocker as a punishment and sometimes threw it around with her inside. Some time before her death, Ame’s aunt had thrown her in a cold pool and held her head underwater while she struggled. Ame had attended public school but teachers became suspicious about her home life and child protective services launched an investigation. Ame’s grandparents responded by moving across state lines and opting to homeschool the girl. Ame’s grandparents and other relatives also beat her, forced her to walk barefoot on searing hot pavement, and forced her to drink hot sauce as punishment. Ame was one of a dozen children living in the house, which was strewn with garbage. The children slept in tents in the garden.

Date: July 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Documents: Date:
Four Arrested in Death of Phoenix Girl 2011-07-29
The Tragedy of Ame Deal’s Death 2011-07-29
School Officials in Utah Reported Abuse of Ame Deal 2011-07-30
Ame Deal Died in Box: Punishment for Popsicle Theft 2011-08-08
6th Arrest Made in Death of Ame Deal 2012-07-08
Father Is Sixth Person Arrested in Death of Girl 2012-07-10
Girl’s Dad Is Second Family Member to Plead Guilty 2013-04-24
10 Year Old’s Aunt Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse 2013-04-23
Grandma Pleads Guilty to Attempted Child Abuse 2013-04-29