A Southeast Washington woman was sentenced to 55 years in prison Friday for the 2008 murder of her seven-year-old daughter after stabbing her in the chest and setting their house on fire.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Michael L. Rankin issued his sentence after a jury in December found Carlese Hall, 31, guilty of first-degree felony murder while armed, arson, cruelty to children and other charges in connection with the slaying of her daughter, Amari.
According to prosecutors, on Dec. 26, 2008, Hall was found unclothed, walking in the 3400 block of 13th St. SE. She had told a police officer who was parked in his cruiser she had killed her daughter and set her house in the 3300 block of 11th Pl. SE on fire, authorities said. Tests later revealed Hall had smoked and was under the influence of PCP.
Firefighters arrived at the house and found Amari inside her bedroom. An autopsy later revealed that Amari died from a single stab wound to the chest.
Evidence showed the fire was set 15 minutes before Hall was discovered by the police officer. Hall started the fire in her bedroom, authorities said.