The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Sunday, October 19, 2008

Rebecca Long, Child Abuser, Knitter

*****UPDATES BELOW*****

Rebecca Long liked to knit, for her husband, her parents, her son, her pets- just about everyone. Evidently what Long didn't like was providing nutrition for her 14 year old stepdaughter.

The Carnation girl, 14, dodged the grave. Authorities saved her in August from a house of horrors where she was malnourished, dehydrated and withered to under 50 pounds. She had a ghostly pallor, with rotting teeth from failing salivary glands. Suicide entered her mind.

After a two-month investigation that just concluded, her stepmother, Rebecca Long, 44, and father, Jon Pomeroy, 43, were taken into custody. They've been charged with first- and second-degree criminal mistreatment, felonies. In a bizarre twist, the girl's father denies knowing his daughter was locked up for long stretches by the stepmother.

It's amazing that a woman who had time to knit endless projects, couldn't manage to take the time to go to parenting classes, try anger management or at least grow a conscience. How does one just sit, knitting away while a 14 year old girl withers away just a few rooms over?

Oh, and she had time to blog about her great knitting skills. Honestly, the only way this could be sadder, is if she'd had a recipe blog.

(NOTE: I've been informed that she has closed her blog, making it viewable only to select people. Anyone gets in, and can do a little copy & paste, or has imagines of it already, give me a shout. )

::::UPDATE::::
Thanks to Google, even though she locked the blog, I was able to get the Google Cache of it (try google search for Reb Knitting) and then copy the source code. First page available as of now, but better than nothing. CLICK TO VIEW

Father denies knowing girl was locked up for long periods by ...Seattle Post Intelligencer
CPS reviewing case of starved 14-year-old in Carnation Seattle Times
Girl, 14, found starving in home; parents charged The Associated Press
Starved girl is so lucky to be alive Seattle Post Intelligencer

Really, attempting to stave a child to death while knitting and keeping a blog isn't all that bad. I mean, it's not like she had multiple blogs (viewable via her blogger profile):

My Blogs

Team Members

Cover Your Head Knitalong **co bloggers removed**
ReKAL **co bloggers removed**
Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along **co bloggers removed**
Ribby Cardi Knitalong **co bloggers removed**
Twisted Float Shrug-Along **co bloggers removed**
Handknit Holidays-along
**co bloggers removed**
Shades of Green


UPDATE:

MISC posts from around the web by Rebecca,

http://handknitholidays.blogspot.com/2005/12/another-un-snowy-triangle-scarf.html
**portion of Ms Knitter seen
http://handknitholidays.blogspot.com/2005/12/santas-grumpy-elf.html
**Photo of Mr Knitter
http://twistedfloatshrugkal.blogspot.com/2006/05/checking-in.html

http://twistedfloatshrugkal.blogspot.com/2006/04/sigh.html

http://twistedfloatshrugkal.blogspot.com/2006/03/progress-of-sorts.html


http://twistedfloatshrugkal.blogspot.com/2006/03/more-pics.html

http://twistedfloatshrugkal.blogspot.com/2007/02/new-host.html

Special thanks to E for photo of knitting child abuser: