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Willow Long Update: Mother Of Slain 7-Year-Old Arrested On Pot Charge

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Ciara DeRyke
Ciara DeRyke, the mother of slain seven-year-old Willow Long, was arrested in Shelby County, Illinois, earlier this month and charged last week with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

DeRyke's younger brother, Justin, is currently facing three counts of first-degree murder for Long's death.

On October 14, DeRyke was driving on Route 32 when she lost control of her vehicle, hit a ditch, and rolled off the roadway. Citing the Shelby County State's Attorney's office, the Effingham Daily News reports that police found a small box commonly used to contain marijuana in her car.

The pot charge by itself isn't that serious for DeRyke, but the arrest would appear to further complicate the aftermath her daughter's death.

Though DeRyke hasn't been charged in connection to Long's killing, in September her surviving three-year-old son was taken into protective custody after she came under investigation by the state's Department of Children and Family Services.

See also: Willow Long: Justin DeRyke Pleads Not Guilty to Murder of 7-Year-Old Niece

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Willow Long
During the initial police investigation of Long's death, DeRyke allegedly told police that her daughter went missing while she was taking a nap the morning of September 8.

However, it turned out that Long had actually gone missing the previous day, and that DeRyke had left her two young children with her brother, 22-year-old Justin DeRyke, while she was out at a local bar.

Long was found two days later wrapped in plastic under a bridge, her throat slashed and her hands covered in defensive wounds.

Justin DeRyke later confessed that he had stabbed the girl in the chest and slashed her throat after she fell and impaled herself on a branch outside their home. He allegedly told police that "he had to end her suffering."

Justin DeRyke made an initial court appearance on October 22, but the trial may not start until next year. He remains locked up in the Effingham County Jail.

Check out Daily RFT's previous coverage for more details of the case.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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15 comments
Beth Schwartz Rodgers
Beth Schwartz Rodgers

Big deal, pot charges will most likely be legal in five years. She's done much worse. This isn't even news worthy.

Justin Torres
Justin Torres

haha a small box used to store marijuana! Of course it was effingham. that town is tough on anything weed related. Good thing the law changes in jan. waste of time and tax dollars

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

About time they put this bitches face on blast!

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

She lost her child . If you never have sin please feel free to throw stones . No matter what happen I think she has payed dearly for all she has ever done . May Peace be with her and all that were involved. The lord will do as he see fit.

Moose12
Moose12

I like how the article is dated November 1st, But it says "Earlier this month.." Would that be like 3 am? lol.  

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

Makes you wonder how many sickos are really out there

Elaphrosaurus Morgan
Elaphrosaurus Morgan

she should be in jail for what her and her brother did to willow!! she straight up got caught in her lie and she's still out and about after they found her daughter and took her son! its bullshit!! this woman is lucky i don't know her or her brother justin or i would be in jail.

Chris Davis
Chris Davis

Seems necessary. You tax dollars at work.

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

This lady lied about when her daughter went missing...how does anyone feel pity for her.

Almas Farmhouseantiques
Almas Farmhouseantiques

What are you thinking Take this down and take it out of the paper hasnt she suffered enough?

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

Do you not have any thing better to write about then to beat up on this poor woman .

Christopher Michael Lantz
Christopher Michael Lantz

Anything like that ever happened to either one of my children, and I'd prob twist one up too..

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