Mother charged with abusing infant son

21-year-old Heather Long

February 23, 2010 8:29:48 AM PST
Onslow County authorities arrested a woman Monday and charged her with child abuse for allegedly assaulting her son on multiple occasions. The alleged abuse began when the child was 2 months old.

Heather Renee Long, 21, of Sneads Ferry, NC is charged with two counts of felony child abuse, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of misdemeanor child abuse, one count of assault on a child under 12, and one count of simple assault.

Deputies arrested her Monday. They say she admitted to authorities during an interview that she had deliberately assaulted her now 5-month-old son. She said the initial abuse took place in November 2009 when the child was 2 months old.

Long told investigators she hit her son after becoming frustrated with her husband. The child suffered a black eye in that incident. Long went on to tell investigators that when her son continued to cry, she hit him again.

Authorities say there are two other instances of abuse that took place on January 5 and February 9. Long allegedly changed her son's diaper on the night of the 5th and when placing him back in his bassinet, she said she did not realize his leg became stuck in the side.

Later when she took him out, the force of her pulling him fractured his leg.

Finally on Feb. 9, authorities say Long's son began crying and she shook him twice. The shaking caused a bilateral retinal hemorrhage, multiple brain bleeds, a skull fracture, and chest bruises.

Long is being held under $80,000 bond.

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