Mother pleads guilty to child endangerment

From PennLive

WILLIAMSPORT — A mother has admitted she did not provide a stable household and adequate food for two of her children.

Breanna Diane Long, 21, formerly of Lock Haven, made the admission Friday when she pleaded guilty in Lycoming County court to a charge of endangering the welfare of children.

Her plea came three days after Brett A. Fields, 25, the man with whom she formerly lived, was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in state prison in the child abuse case.

The charge to which Long pleaded guilty accused her of violating a duty to care for two toddlers by failing to properly feed and bathe them between April 1 and May 21, 2016, when she was living in Jersey Shore.

She also was accused of keeping the children in wet and dirty diapers, not reporting physical abuse by Fields and leaving them for several weeks with caretakers she did not know well.

Long had testified at Fields’ preliminary hearing he had thrown her then 18-month-old son across a room and had hit him with a closed fist and open hand multiple times.

She also said Fields would hit her son in his crib and pick him up by the arm pits when he was angry. That boy has lifelong disabilities due to brain injuries, it was stated at Fields’ sentencing.

The Fields-Long abuse case involved three boys now ages 2, 3 and 4, but only the two younger ones are mentioned in charges. Long is the mother of all three but Fields fathered only one of them.

A Lock Haven area couple adopted the boys after Fields and Long relinquished their parental rights.

The plea agreement for Long recommends a county prison sentence of 3 to 12 months. Judge Nancy L. Butts set sentencing for Oct. 2.

Long will receive credit for the approximate month she spent in jail until her $250,000 bail was modified to $99,000 unsecured.

A charge of recklessly endangering another person is to be dismissed at sentencing.