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Judge blocks return of children to mother of 11 in Burke County

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:47 AM
Last updated 12:56 PM
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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.

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hhinorton
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hhinorton 03/24/09 - 12:16 pm
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Good judgement.

Good judgement.

chel
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chel 03/24/09 - 01:01 pm
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Thank goodness Judge Roper

Thank goodness Judge Roper has the intelligence that DFCS obviously lacks to make a common sense judgement call to not return those children. DFCS as a whole for this state needs an overhaul.

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I4PUTT 03/24/09 - 01:34 pm
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IMHO the mom should have to

IMHO the mom should have to prove that not only has she attended child care or parenting classes, but mental healt rehab as well. She should be required to demonstrate that she has an adequate living facility and money or income to support all 11 kids. I only care about the kids.

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tdp 03/24/09 - 02:23 pm
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Good call, Judge Roper. I

Good call, Judge Roper. I don't believe the mother should EVER get those children back, no matter how many "classes" she attends.

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SCGAL53 03/24/09 - 03:28 pm
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The decision for the return

The decision for the return of the children should not even be considered prior to a hearing to determine whether or not mom is guilty.

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corgimom 03/24/09 - 05:14 pm
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It's all part of due process.

It's all part of due process. 14Putt, I think that's exactly what the judge required too, and she fell short.

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jack 03/24/09 - 05:17 pm
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ScgaL53, evidently you didn't

ScgaL53, evidently you didn't read the article that desribed in detail the abject conditins these ids were subjec5ted to. I have no sympathy for a woman that has 11 kids in the first place, especially by a bum like her husband.

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Augustapaperdoll 03/26/09 - 10:25 am
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She does not need those

She does not need those children. She is much to blame as the husband. She was not chained up in that house she could have left at any time. She didnt have to keep laying down with him. Whose to say their all his he, might want to have DNA test performed on all the kids.

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toppergem 03/26/09 - 10:40 am
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Hey Augusta Chronicle

Hey Augusta Chronicle posters...where are you? You guys not ranting and raving and slinging racial comments on this story, why not? What has happened since I have been away from the boards. You all gone soft. I haven't had my dose of ugliness in a long, long time...let's get busy.

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Tujeez1 03/26/09 - 10:44 am
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My father was born in 1930,

My father was born in 1930, the 13th of 14 children. They lived in dire conditions and drew water from a hand-dug well. I doubt you'd ever have found much table fare worthy of today's appetites. They all grew up to be "somebody". If the Longs wanted none of your so called society's influence on their kids, they failed. By now, the children have been exposed to every vice known to man. So much for "saving" them from their "negligent" parents. Do you ever sit back and wonder where we'd all be if not for the perseverance and determination of those who HAD to live life like unto the Longs? Keep your eyes fixed on that point at the end of your noses, cross-eyed would suit your outlook on life. With all that you have, you are niether great or free. You just exist, and in the name of "pascification" call it "Modern and Civilized." Yet you walk in fear of everything "foreign" and "different" from your "percieved" zone of comfort. It's nice to be you isn't it? Comfortable even? All of your riches are rags. You live for tomorrow and long for yesterday. Have you ever really lived? Write your own Epitaph, and see all that you've accomplished. Then burn the worthless paper it's written on.

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