Posted: Apr 11, 2013 2:37 PM
PHOENIX (AP) - Child abuse charges were dismissed against the cousin of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who authorities say died after another relative padlocked her in a footlocker.
A judge threw out the charges against 26-year-old Ammandea Stoltzmann after prosecutors said there's not enough evidence for the case to move forward and asked that the charges be dismissed.
Her trial would have been the first trial over the severe abuse that authorities say 10-year-old Ame Deal suffered at the hands of family members before her July 2011 death.
Stoltzmann had been charged with abusing Deal, but wasn't charged in the child's death.
Five other Deal relatives, including two who are charged with first-degree murder, face charges in the case.
All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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