Drywall Mom to Be Sentenced

The woman who allegedly used drywall to barricade her three children in a room is set appear in court on Thursday

By Natalie Lopez
|  Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:26 AM EDT
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Drywall Mom to Be Sentenced

Thursday is the sentencing of a Virginia woman who allegedly used drywall to barricade her three young daughters in a room last March.

Police arrested a young Bristow couple, Christina Dawn Moore, 27, and John Michael Robey, 34, for child abuse.

Prosecutors said the couple nailed a 5-1/2 foot high sheet of drywall in the doorway to a bedroom in their house on Loft Court in Bristow.

Behind the drywall, the couple’s three young daughters, ages 1, 2 and 4, were trapped in the room, according to the prosecution. The oldest child was able to use a mattress to climb over the wall and went to the neighbor’s house to look for help.

Police say the neighbor found the other two children screaming, wearing only diapers, and covered in feces.

According to authorities, needles, smoking devices, and several prescription pill bottles were found in the parents’ bedroom.

The couple pled guilty to three counts each of felony child abuse and neglect.

Robey was sentenced in January to three years of probation, with a suspended prison sentence of three years on each charge, for a total of nine years. He was also ordered to complete an intensive outpatient drug program.

At that time, a judge continued Moore's sentencing to May 3 and ordered her to return to a drug treatment program.

Moore will be sentenced in Prince William County Thursday afternoon.

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