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Couple ‘gave kids methamphetamine and shocked them with cattle prods during years of abuse’

TWO child-abusing parents allegedly tortured their children by shocking them with an industrial-grade cattle prod, forcing them to take meth and committing hundreds of incestuous rapes.

Lance Long, 36, and Crystallynn Long, 40, face numerous criminal charges for routine and grotesque abuse against their five kids, one of whom was only SEVEN years old when the psychotic attacks began.

The sickening monsters spent over a decade physically, sexually and mentally terrorizing their five children.

Their child victims are a 17-year-old male, a 15-year-old female, a 13-year-old male, and an 11-year-old male.

The children, who are related, say they have been abused for at least the past three years.

Another sibling, now an adult, alleges that Lance Long raped her at least 150 times and would hit her, shock her with the cattle prod and tie a dog collar around her thigh if she refused to have sex with him, KELO-TV reports.

'CRUEL AND EVIL'

At least one of the children said they had also been punched in their kidneys and thighs and had been subjected to electrical shocks, court records state.

The older sibling further said that Lance started raping her when she was 14 and did so at least 150 times, KELO-TV reports.

Another child said Lance first electrocuted him when he was 7 and had done so multiple times since; the child also reported that Lance showed him pornographic images.

Lance and Crystallynn Long, from Sioux Falls, “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.” Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Captain Josh Phillips wrote in court documents.

When officers spoke with the child who blew the whistle, he said an older sibling had previously reported the abuse but nothing happened.

The pair face a rap sheet that includes distribution of marijuana to a minor, distributing a controlled substance to a minor, abuse or cruelty to a minor and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

FORCE FED CHILDREN METH AND POT

Sex crimes charges have not been filed, but authorities say additional charges are to be confirmed.

Authorities found out about the abuse after one of the children recently joined the Marine Corps.

The child told a recruitment sergeant about the issues he and his siblings were having at home.

The sergeant then contacted one of the child’s relatives, who in turn notified authorities, according to the Argus Leader.

The child said he feared that reporting again “would make things worse for them” like what happened to his sister, according to a police affidavit.

OVER 150 INCESTUOUS RAPES

The child said he spoke up because he was afraid he couldn’t protect his siblings after he moved out of the house and joined the Marines.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the home and spoke with the children, who initially denied the abuse allegations. But one deputy noticed that a child seemed to be “excessively nervous” and asked to speak with the child alone and away from Crystallynn, who had also denied the claims.

Inside a vehicle, the child told the deputy that what her sibling reported was true.

“She said she is very worried about her two younger brothers, but she’s happy that someone finally said something about Lance.” an affidavit states.

POLICE IGNORED THE FIRST REPORT

Crystallynn then began walking toward the vehicle and the child asked the deputy to end the conversation.

A detective later arrived at the house with a social services employee. When interviewed again, Crystallynn said Lance would “sometimes chase their children with a hot-shot taser to intimidate them, but that he doesn’t actually taze them,” the warrant states.

One of the children said Lance gave them drugs to “help them learn about drugs, so that drugs wouldn’t ruin their lives later on,” court records state.

The child added that Cyrstallynn did not encourage the use of drugs, but that she was aware of what was going on.

When police searched the home, Cyrstallynn gave them a hot-shot taser out of a hallway cupboard as well as a liquid substance with no prescription information.

Authorities asked Lance to meet them for an interview, but he declined because he said there was a warrant out for his arrest. He denied the abuse allegations.

Investigators contacted the older sibling, who said Lance would physically abuse her and the other children, the warrant states.

“Lance is a cruel and evil person” and enjoys controlling and hurting kids, the older sibling said, according to court records.

MONSTERS FLED

One of the children said Lance has a quick temper but was too terrified to discuss the abuse.

A doctor who examined the children documented marks that are consistent with physical abuse, according to a warrant.

Child protective services took custody of the minor children and they are otherwise in good health.

During the police inquiry, Lance and Crystallynn Long fled the state to Oklahoma, where they were arrested.

The pair made initial court appearances on Thursday.

Lance remains in jail tonight on a $50,000 cash-only bond. You can read the full 12 page affidavit here.

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