Lance Long and Crystal Lynn Long are not the kinds of people who should ever have been parents, in my opinion.
The couple stands accused of some heinous crimes, 14 to be exact, including aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, distribution of marijuana to a minor, distributing a controlled substance to a minor and abuse or cruelty to a minor.
You may remember them as the couple who zapped their four children with a cattle rod and supplied them with illegal drugs.
Allegedly, the abuse took place over several years according to Capt. Josh Phillips with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office. The crimes involve a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old boy. The children are related and some are half-siblings.
Authorities received a child abuse complaint May 13 from someone connected to the couple, Minnehaha County sheriff’s Capt. Josh Phillips said. The children were interviewed and the Longs were arrested after fleeing to Oklahoma.
Both parents made their first court appearance on the afternoon of June 24, 2020.
The court papers are long and disturbing to read. In them, it appears that they had been giving several children in the household meth and using a hot-shot cattle prod to get the children to obey commands or if they weren’t listening they’d get zapped by this hot-shot cattle prod.
One of the children told the investigators that Lance had been physically and sexually abusing her. She alleges that Lance began raping her when she was 14 years old and he forced her to have sex with him at least 150 times.
She says Lance would use the cattle prod on her, hit her, and tie a dog collar around her thigh and shock her with it if she refused to have sex with him.
The Longs were arrested in Oklahoma and brought back to Sioux Falls yesterday.
Lance remains in jail tonight on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
The children are in the custody of the Department of Social Services.