‘Stand with Sophie’: Young girl cries for help in viral video, but court-appointed lawyer says dad ‘coached’ his children [UPDATE]

New details were released Friday involving an attorney appointed by a Texas court to oversee the custody battle between parents of a young girl who said she was being abused.

According to a statement sent to CrimeOnline, a Texas Amicus lawyer, “appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the children,” determined on August 19 that Michael Long and Kelly Long’s three children would be better provided for by their mother.

Michael and Kelly Long are divorced and embroiled in an ongoing child custody battle, according to court documents.

According to the Amicus attorney:

  • The children did not attend school while in the care of Michael Long, except for a short period of time.
  • There is a concern for the children’s emotional help while in the care of their father.
  • Michael Long is selling “Facetime” interviews with his daughter, who claimed that her mother’s boyfriend had been sexually abusing her.
  • Michael Long fraudulently amassed over $200,000 with a GoFundMe page and is selling items on Etsy in connection with his daughter’s case.
  • The oldest child was subjected to at least five different physicians for sexual abuse examinations while in the care of Michael Long over the summer.
  • At least two of the three children had been “coached” by Michael Long and his wife.

The Amicus attorney indicated that she “conducted her own interviews and reviewed extensive evidence and documents provided by medical professionals, Child Protective Services, and police.”

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Sexual Abuse Allegations

Michael Long claimed he has been fighting an ongoing battle for custody of his children with Kelly Long for years. A GoFundMe page was reportedly created to help him with legal funds to get full custody of his children. Videos were also posted online, showing a child in distress.

The GoFundMe page alleged that Long’s daughter was subjected to grooming and sexual abuse while in the care of her mother.

“She has been continuously subjected to domestic violence, sexual grooming, and most recently molestation/rape in her primary residence,” the GoFundMe page read.

“Her father is fighting for her life while her abusers pull every resource to get their hands back on her.”

In one of the videos, a young girl is seen screaming and crying, pleading with adults to let her stay with her father. When the child’s maternal grandmother intervened, the little girl said her mother’s boyfriend had been touching her.

Grandmother: “I guarantee no one has been touching you.”

Girl: “Yes! I know he is. Why don’t you believe me?”

Grandmother: “That’s OK. Who is touching you? I want to know because I care about you. I do want to know.”

Girl: “Mr. Jake and mommy watches it. Mommy watches it happen and always makes me feel bad about myself.”

Grandmother: “Where does he touch you?” 

Girl: “My vivi.” 

As the conversation continues, the young girl provides graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. A judge has since ordered Michael Long to remove all of the videos.

Earlier this month, a new judge assigned to the case granted Michael Long temporary custody of the children while he awaits an upcoming custody trial.

Jamie L. Graham, an attorney for Michael Long, indicated the judge decided to “err on the side of caution” when placing the children with their father. Long and his attorney are due back in court this year for the custody trial.

Meanwhile, the Frisco Police Department indicated that the case is still under investigation following the sexual assault allegations.

The story continues to develop. Check back for updates.

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