Invisible Children

11 Children of Jeremy and Christine Long

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

jeremy and christine long
Six girls and five boys, ages 10 months to 18 years, were severely neglected by their parents, Jeremy and Christine Long. The children were second-generation homeschoolers—their father, Jeremy Long, had been homeschooled and wanted the same for his children. However, when the children were rescued, they were illiterate and “didn’t know the days of the week, their ABC’s, or even how to spell their own names.” There was no food in the house and the youngest children were malnourished.

The Longs had begun living together when Jeremy was 16 and Christine was 17; their oldest child Miranda was born when they were 18 and 19 respectively. All the children were homebirthed and never received vaccinations or dental care. The Long children spent their lives “without food, water, electricity, heat, education, medical care, bedding or proper clothing and shoes.”

The Longs lost custody of their children and were charged with cruelty to children and failure to educate. Jeremy Long was sentenced to three years in prison; Christine Long did not receive prison time.

Date: July 31, 2008
Hephzibah, Georgia


Documents: Date:
11 children found in squalid rural house 08-02-2008
Father of neglected children surrenders 08-13-2008
Mother of 11 is freed on bond after cruelty arrest 12-23-2008
Father of 11 pleads guilty to neglect 06-25-2009
Special Assignment: Jeremy Long Speaks, Part 1 10-29-2009
Special Assignment: Jeremy Long Speaks, Part 2 10-29-2009
Judge closes hearings into reuniting parents with 10 children 02-06-2010