By Eunette Gentry
Heather Longberry and Terry Allen were arrested (on 6/15/18) after an extensive investigation into the death of Longberry’s 17 year-old daughter. Longberry and Allen are a couple; and, both admitted to previous drug use, during the police investigation into the unidentified minor female’s death on April 2, 2018. While at home, it was discovered that the young girl was “not breathing” anymore; so, she was transported to Desert View Hospital – where she “was pronounced deceased”. Police say when questioned by detectives, both the child’s mother – Heather Longberry – and Longberry’s boyfriend – Terry Allen – blamed each other for the child’s death. Investigators say, “Allen and Longberry were both accusing each other of giving the 17 year-old minor female methamphetamine, prior to her becoming unresponsive.” However, Allen told police that he recorded Longberry “on a cell phone”, “admitting to giving the [girl] narcotics”. Police also say “Allen sent” “a text message” to someone referring to the girl’s death. Among the many different, often conflicting, accusations being waged back and forth between the suspects, police say: “Longberry stated that Allen asked her to ask [her underage daughter] to have a ‘three some’”. “A records check…on Allen…revealed that he [is] a sex offender on life time supervision”. Additionally, Allen told police that Longberry and her 17 year-old daughter “got high earlier in the day prior to the [girl’s] death.” Police say “Longberry stated that she was present when Allen provided the…minor…with drugs’”. Autopsy results reveal that the girl’s body had “a large amount of meth” in her “gastric fluid”; and, that the girl’s “cause of death was methamphetamine intoxication”. Police say “Longberry tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, benzos, and cocaine”; and, “Allen tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, benzos, and THC.” Police say during their investigation, they found the residence – where the couple, the deceased victim, and her three young siblings lived – in squalor: “with a pungent odor of urine and feces…several mice inside the residence…mice feces…a puddle of urine on the kitchen counter…[and] garbage all over the residence”. Longberry also “stated that she did not have hot water”. Due to her daughter’s death, drug allegations, and the condition of the home, Longberry is charged with: “Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, 1st Offense; Offer, Attempt, or Commission of Unauthorized Act(s) Relating to Controlled Substance, First Offense; [four counts of] Unlawfully allowing [a] Child to be Present during Commission of certain situations which involve Controlled Substances; [two counts of] Unlawful use of a Controlled Substance; [and, four counts of] Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment of a Child”. That’s a total of 14 separate charges for Longberry. Likewise, Allen is facing the following 10 separate charges: “Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, 1st Offense; Offer, Attempt, or Commission of Unauthorized Act(s) Relating to Controlled Substance, First Offense; [four counts of] Unlawfully allowing [a] Child to be Present during Commission of certain situations which involve Controlled Substances; [three counts of] Unlawful use of a Controlled Substance; [and,] Prohibited Acts of [a] Convicted Sex Offender”. Both defendants remain “in custody”, with “no bail” – until their Pre-Trial Hearing, which is scheduled on July 5, 2018.