Father arrested in probe of 10-year-old's death

Father arrested in probe of 10-year-old's death

CREATED Jul. 8, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - The father of a 10-year-old girl who died after being placed inside a footlocker for punishment has been arrested.

The Arizona Republic reports that 52-year-old David Deal was arrested Friday night on suspicion of child abuse, kidnapping and dangerous crimes against children.

Phoenix police say 10-year-old Ame Deal died on July 12 after being placed inside a padlocked, plastic footlocker for punishment.

The father's arrest marks the sixth person to be taken into custody in the case.

The girl's cousins, aunts and grandmother have also been charged.

Officials allege that David Deal locked the girl in a trunk as punishment on several occasions between December 2010 and July 2011.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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