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

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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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