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Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Father gets probation for barricading children using drywall

One of the Bristow parents who used drywall to barricade their three young children into a room was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation.


(Courtesy Prince William County Police)
Judge Richard Potter also ordered John Robey, 35, to complete an intensive outpatient drug program, said Prince William prosecutor Kristina Robinson. Robinson said Potter sentenced Robey to nine years in prison but suspended that prison term.

Robey and Christina Moore, 26, in October each pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse. On March 26, police discovered that the couple’s girls — then ages 4, 3 and 18 months — had been left alone in an upstairs bedroom with pieces of drywall screwed tight to the doorjamb. The eldest girl escaped and got a neighbor to help her sisters.

Defense attorneys for Robey and Moore have said their clients had been in the throes of drug abuse, using legally prescribed painkillers. When the neighbor came to help the children that day, court papers said, Robey and Moore were passed out in their bedroom.

Moore did not complete a required drug program at the county jail known as the “drug dorm,” Robinson said. Potter sent her back to complete the drug program and is scheduled to sentence her May 3, Robinson said.

The girls were uninjured, although Robinson has said the room they were discovered in was filthy and the children were hungry.

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