Mother accused of cruelty to children alleges husband abused her

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, February 18, 2009

BURKE CTY, Ga. --- It was a shocking story out of Burke County last summer: two parents arrested and charged with 10 counts of cruelty to children after the family was found living in squalor.

The father, Jeremy Long, was arrested first; his wife Christine, five months later.

Tonight, ten of their 11 children are still in protective custody, but as News 12 found, this mother now says she was abused for decades and she wants a divorce.

This story was hard to believe, now this, 43 graphic paragraphs outlining physical and mental abuse to Christine Long and her children allegedly at the hands of her husband Jeremy Long.

It's hard to believe anyone was living in the home, let alone 13 people, 11 of them children. Babies as young as 6 months old, with no electricity, no water, no beds.

The only food inside, three jars of jelly and applesauce.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office uncovered the family living in filth and arrested Jeremy Long. They charged him with ten counts of cruelty to children and five counts of failure to provide an education for children.

His wife Christine later arrested on the same charges. But the week before the couple is scheduled for trial, Christine Long says she wants a divorce.

"What Ms. Long has alleged is nothing short of torture." Attorney Jack Long is representing Christine. "Nothing short of mental and physical cruelty in the worst way you could possibly imagine."

Christine says she was physically and violently beaten by her husband to the point she would black out. She also says her husband did continuously rape her for an entire day, all of it in front of the children.

Christine even says some of her children were conceived during these rapes.

Christine says Jeremy Long did not regularly supply food, at times .the family surviving solely on ramen noodles; and that the family felt like prisoners in their own home.

"It's really really sad. " Yasmin Thomas-Goodman has worked at SAFEhomes of Augusta for 12 years. She says this case is the worst she's ever seen. "If they are a victim of domestic violence they will deny themselves and their children because the love the person or too scared to leave or they don't have the resources."

Christine Long is now working for the first time in years. Her attorney says she's taking steps to get her life and her children's lives back on track. Christine Long also alleges Jeremy Long had a drug and alcohol abuse problem and at times, spent whatever money the family had on his habit rather than properly providing for them.

Now those were just some of the allegations, others were too graphic for us to share.

Both Christine and Jeremy Long were scheduled for trial next week, the Assistant District Attorney says that will be continued. There is a motion for Mr. Long to undergo a mental evaluation. He has been in jail since Auguste, despite being given bond.

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  • by perry Location: augusta on Feb 24, 2009 at 10:47 PM
    OMG, she can't be serious. i sure this lady has been on welfare (public assistance) TAXPAYERS MONEY for 11 children!!! so throughout all these children has not one social worker come to visit that place? How many times did she go down to the WIC to get assistance? Gimme a break
  • by jessica Location: waynesboro on Feb 21, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    how is the mother supposed to leave if she is literally trapped and is either pregnant or has an infant. when you fear for your life and possibly your childrens life what are you supposed to do? maybe the public could just give her some space while she now tries to get her life together now that she has apparently been given a chance to better herself so that she can take care of her children .
  • by a single mother of seven Location: ga. on Feb 20, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    there are thousands of ways she could have bettered her well being.IF he was abusing her why didnt she get out 10 children todays society there are to many programs out here for mothers in theses types of cases.dont judge the father ,because he was trying.why didnt she work,apply for housing,or seek other help?
  • by loco Location: thomson ga on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    Oh! now she hollas abuse and rape!! How ironic is that?? She could have went to anyone of those neighbors. Or better yet ,she could have told the parents about it when they last saw her!! Remember ,a deputy went there and she lied about the situation then!! But now that she is being charged the story changes!! TYPICAL PLEA FOR SYMPATHY FROM THE PUBLIC!! Charge her as well as him ,those children were abused and neglected in the worst possible way !!
  • by concerned Location: augusta on Feb 19, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    We should all thank our lucky stars that we wern't born into this typa situation. If this woman is right, theman should be whipped in the commons every day for the rest of his life.
  • by jomo Location: usa on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    How ironic that you need a license to fish, but any old jack*** can have children. Yet another argument pro court mandated sterilization, as bizarre as that may seem.
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