A Superior Court judge this morning blocked efforts to let four children return to live with a Burke County mother under indictment for child abuse.
Judge David Roper determined that Christine D. Long would not get four of her 11 children while a criminal case is pending against her and husband Jeremy L. Long.
The Longs were accused of 10 counts of cruelty to children and five counts of failure to provide an education for their children. Both had pleaded not guilty.
The Department of Family and Children's Services took custody of the Longs' 10 underage children July 31, when Mrs. Long, the couple's 18-year-old daughter and the other children were found in a rural house. Investigators reported there was almost nothing to eat.
Last month an attorney for Mrs. Long asked that any legal proceedings against her be held seperately from her husband.
Attorneys for both Mrs. Long and DFCS intended to ask a Burke County Juvenile Court judge this afternoon to send four of the older children home to their mother. Judge Roper's action now prevents that.
Mr. Long has been held without bond since July in the Burke County jail. Mrs. Long is free on a $25,000 bond.