An Australian mother of four could face the death penalty if she is convicted of the murder of her seven-year-old stepdaughter in Arizona.
Lisa Cunningham, 43, and her husband, Germayne Cunningham, 39, allegedly abused and neglected Sanaa Cunningham, who died of pneumonia and complications from sepsis in February 2017.
The couple is accused of tying the child to a water tank in a garage and not treating a septic foot injury.
Sanaa was also forced to collect the feces of the dogs with her own hands and held in a long-sleeved shirt, as the prosecution says.
On Monday, a Maricopa County judge ruled that Lisa and Germayne Cunningham would face the death penalty if convicted.
Lisa and Germayne Cunningham (pictured), the first of whom has lived in the United States for 20 years and comes from Adelaide, could face the death penalty after her hearing in October if she is found guilty.
Lisa Cunningham, 43, allegedly abused and neglected Sanaa Cunningham, who died of pneumonia and complications from sepsis in February 2017, by zipping her to a water tank in her garage and neglecting to treat a septic foot injury.
Prosecutors allege that the restrictions that Cunningham used to immobilize Sanaa (in the image) meant that he could not expel the liquid from his lungs, which aggravated his pneumonia and left him indifferent.
Prosecutors allege that Sanaa could not expel the fluid from her lungs as a result of being retained, which aggravated her pneumonia and left her unresponsive.
According to The Phoenix New Times, Sanaa's death was not reported by state welfare agents for months before a grand jury indicted them on 10 counts of child abuse and one on first-degree murder in December.
The couple was allowed to remain free until Monday, when Judge Michael Kemp ruled prosecutors had enough evidence to justify their goal of seeking the death penalty.
Cunningham and her husband Germayne Cunningham, 39 (pictured), were charged with 10 counts of child abuse and one of first-degree murder after Sanaa's death.
Sanaa Cunningham had pneumonia at the time of her death, and the prosecution alleges that the couple's abandonment worsened her condition and left her unresponsive.
He said: "There were many warning signs regarding your need for medical attention.
– This was more than reckless behavior. This was more than a lack of attention and led to the death of the child. "
But Lisa Cunningham's lawyer, Taylor Fox, argued that doctors had different views on what killed the seven-year-old girl, who said the autopsy was inconclusive about whether Sanaa died or died by accident.
Fox also said that the defendant called a doctor two days before he died, but had to wait until Monday to book an appointment.
Lisa and Germayne Cunningham, a former Phoenix cop, were denied bail, with a hearing schedule for October.
The Australian had lived in the USA. UU For 20 years and is entitled to receive $ 500,000 in funds from the Attorney General, which provides support to Australians facing the death penalty abroad.
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