Judge says no crime to be poor in case of kids living in squalor

By: STAFF
By: STAFF

September 11, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Ga.---The Burke County father accused of keeping his 11 children in filth has been granted a $25,000 bond. However, as of early Thursday afternoon, Jeremy Long had not posted the bond and remained in the county jail.

Under the conditions set by Superior Court Judge James Blanchard, Long will have to check in with the sheriff's department every day.

It's a case the judge admits tests his will to be impartial. "I'm supposed to sit here mutual and detached and I must admit," the judge said." I've read the newspaper and what I remember is these children were living in squalor... horrible situation."

Officers went to the Long home in rural Burke County several weeks ago and found very bad conditions.

The children are now in five different homes. Some are home-schooled, and others go to public schools.

Long's wife and children are under a protective order.

He can't call them, and can only visit under DFACS supervision.


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  • by Ross Location: Atlanta on Sep 12, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Last Night at 11:00 the sheriff of Burke Cop. was on your T.V. and basically said he made a mistake about these people . Since the high sheriff is wrong about them , why are not the rest of public including the story hungry judge inflaming media . Since the judge places more value on news paper articles and evidence fanned by the press than the Sheriff and Dfacs investigators , what kind of justice system do we really have and what suitability does Judge Blanchard have to be a judge ? How many trials and hearings are T.V. allowed in to bolster a political cause ? Thanks you W.R.D.W. and the rest for protecting our rights !
  • by LunaMoth Location: Waynesboro on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    There is so much about this situation that we may never know or understand but hopefully we can remember that these are real people with real feelings. These children are hearing what's being said about them and their family which is even more abusive than anything they ever knew before. Perhaps, what horrifies us most is knowing that this went on for so long and nobody stepped in to help sooner. How many hurting people live right next door to us, or just down the road and how willing are we to step outside our comfort zone to lend a helping hand? It's much easier to make the Long family the "poster family" for child neglect and to make Mr. Long the enemy. Who knows what the facts are? Why does that matter now? Shouldn't we be looking for ways to help our neighbors in need rather than wasting so much energy on condemnation? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
  • by cathi Location: martinez on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    what a shame...judge blanchard made a terrible judgement in this case!
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