35-year-old Jennifer Long of Columbus, Georgia has been charged in the murder of her adopted 18-month-old daughter, Alexis Long. According to police Alexis threw a temper tantrum after a long trip. In return Long allegedly threw Alexis onto a wooden changing table. The impact was so strong the table was said to have splintered in the middle. After the impact Alexis was unresponsive and died after being airlifted to the hospital.
I want to illustrate the amount of force needed to make a table almost split in half and the only way I can think of doing that is with professional wrestling. Please humor me for a moment. Here’s a video where one wrestler throws another through a table at the 1:40 mark.
Now here’s my point. In professional wrestling those tables are what’s known as gimmicked. They are partially cut to try to make it easier for the wrestler to go through. However these men are in upwards of 300 pounds and still need tremendous force to go through the table. I’ve actually even seen some matches where the table did not break and the wrestler just bounced off the table. Not to mention they still can get injured whether the stunt works or not.
Now imagine the force it must have taken for someone to throw a toddler down on to a wooden table that caused the table to splinter in the middle like that. An average toddler weighs about 24 lbs. (10.8 kg), not the 250-300 lbs of a pro wrestler. The force that she must have used must have been almost superhuman to cause that kind of destruction.
Long has been charged with Alexis’ murder and is being held without bond. Her husband, Timothy Long, has been charged with second degree child cruelty and is out on $5000 bond.
And don’t think I’ve forgotten the fact that Alexis was adopted. Being adopted myself I know that being adopted is supposed to mean being given a second chance at life with loving parents. It doesn’t mean you can just slam your kids down on the furniture.
Of course Long has pleaded not guilty. If there was any justice in the world ‘they’ should see if she could survive something like this.
Thanks to Lara for the tip.