- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors have found aggravating factors in the case of a Phoenix woman convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of her 10-year-old cousin who was locked in a small plastic storage box in triple-digit heat.

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury reached its decision Wednesday after 15 hours of deliberations.

The trial of 28-year-old Sammantha Allen will enter the death-penalty phase Monday.

Allen also was convicted last month of four counts of child abuse.

She was accused of helping her husband John Allen lock Ame Deal in a box that was left outside overnight as punishment in July 2011.

Authorities say Deal suffocated and was found dead the next day.

John Allen’s trial is expected to start Aug. 7. He’s also charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

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