Mother of 11 to plead guilty to neglect today

The mother of 11 children found living in an abandoned Burke County shack without food, running water or electricity is set to plead guilty today.


Christine D. Long pleaded not guilty after her indictment last year on 10 counts of cruelty to children and five counts of failure to provide an education for her school-age children. She is expected to change her plea to guilty in Burke County Superior Court and receive her sentence today.

Her husband, Jeremy Long, pleaded guilty in June. He was sentenced to three years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

Mrs. Long blamed the children's condition on her husband and further accused him of being an abusive man who used violence, sexual abuse and starvation to keep the family prisoners in the hovel where they were found, according to her petition for divorce.


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