Crimes and Courts

Mother involved in chilling child abuse case learns fate

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - A woman involved in a chilling child abuse case in Ohio County learned her fate on Thursday.

Sabrina Hall, 18, has been sentenced for her involvement in a child abuse case that Judge James Mazzone said is "one of the worst, if not the worse cases" he's ever seen.

On Thursday, Hall was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and up to 27 years.

In court on Thursday, Hall told the court that she knows she messed up and needed to get help.

"I was scared for my life and my boys' lives," Hall said.



"There's no excuse. That child was tortured for weeks. When she was a victim, she knew how to get help. This is pure evil," the State said.

On March 30th, the State presented medical and investigation documentation on Hall and Apollo Rice's, 27, involvement in the child abuse case.

According to prosecutors, the documentation included duct tape placed over a two-year-old child's nose and mouth, forcing the child underwater in the bathtub, throwing the child by the wrist onto the wood floor, broken bones, head and force contusions, and more, all inflicted by Rice.

The original criminal complaint also said that Hall witnessed Rice putting hot sauce in the child's nose and mouth using a syringe.

In court Thursday, those in attendance listened to phone conversations between Hall and Rice.

Hall says she chose Rice over her children.

Rice was sentenced to no less than 12 and no more than 60 years in prison, and will have to register with the child abuser registry for 10 years after his release.

"I've been doing this for 17-years. I've presided over hundreds of child abuse cases. This is one of the worst, if not the worst, cases I've seen. It's inhuman," Mazzone said.

The child is currently in state custody, and is reportedly doing very well.

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