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Calling it the "worst case" of abuse a detective had ever seen, King County prosecutors charged a Carnation couple Friday with criminal mistreatment after police found their 14-year-old daughter emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from severe malnutrition.
Three years ago, in March 2005, CPS agents investigated a complaint from the girl's schoolteacher after the child had talked of harsh treatment at home, including being locked in her room and deprived of food.
Investigators found the girl thin and confirmed her allegations, CPS spokesman Thomas Shapley said Monday. It's not clear what happened next, although CPS officials say the mother received counseling.
"There were similar issues with the girl's weight. Obviously, it was not as extreme," Shapley said Monday. What is certain is that the children were left in the home and the case was closed a month later.
So, the girl would sneak water from the toilet so the Long wouldn't would hear the water running and the girl would also drink the condensation from the window.
The girl told police that her stepmother disciplined her for behavioral problems by restricting her water intake, giving her half a Dixie cup of water each day. Long allegedly monitored the girl's showers and wouldn't let her brush her teeth so she couldn't sneak drinks. She fed her a diet mostly of toast, court documents say.