"She had concerns about how the Mallo children were being treated," Morris said.
Morris had advised her mother to stay away from the situation because she feared the family would retaliate against her.
She had also asked her mother to move from the area out of concerns for her safety, but Phares adamantly refused.
"She lived there 50 years and she wouldn't move," Morris said.
Along with Morris' written statement, she submitted a petition containing 630 names of individuals who supported the maximum sentence. She also brought a picture of her mother taken on her 80th birthday to display at the sentencing.
"With Thomas (Mallo) living in our society, this could happen to anyone's mother, but unfortunately it happened to my mother," she said.
Dr. Thomas Horacek, a clinical psychologist who is a contractor for the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services and the West Virginia Division of Corrections also testified during the sentencing.
Horacek had examined Mallo during his time in Salem. He believes Mallo had a history of disturbing and aggressive behavior that likely would not change in the future. Horacek also claimed Mallo was unpredictably dangerous.
Castelle argued that Mallo's behavior could change, and that many studies show a child's behavior patterns are "transit" and are likely to change as they grow older.
Horacek disagreed, and said there are men in correctional facilities around the country who exhibited aggressive, violent behavior as a child and had not changed.
"But you can't name a single study that says these conditions aren't transit," Castelle said.
"That has not been my experience in corrections," Horacek responded.
Horacek also said Mallo had provided "rationale" for killing Phares that he found "very disturbing."
"He experienced the belief that the victim was trying to have his niece and nephew taken from the family," he said.
Horacek said Mallo's family life was horrific.
"He comes from a very dysfunctional family with very atypical values and behavior," Horacek said.
Mallo's family members also attended the proceeding Friday. All five adults living in the household at the time were arrested for the conditions in which the children were kept. All five were convicted of various charges.
Mallo lived in a home where the mattresses were so dirty they were on the verge of rotting, Webster said. Human feces was smeared on a toilet when officers originally entered the home and there was a hole in the children's sleeping area large enough for a child to fall through, she said.
The home was also infested with cockroaches and Mallo had to sleep on the front porch because the family did not have a bed for him.