The mother of Serenity Anne Deal, 5, who was beaten to death, now sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a separate case.
CHANDLER — The mother of a child who was beaten to death has been sentenced in a separate case to 15 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old boy. The Chandler woman, Samantha Deal, 21, is the mother of Serenity Anne Deal, 5, who died June 4, a month after child welfare workers recommended she live with her father. Deal was sentenced July 5 in Lincoln County District Court. She pleaded no contest to felony forcible sodomy in connection with the May 28, 2009, sexual assault of a child.
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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