Suffer the Little Children
Episode 13: Marion Jester-Montoya

Episode 13: Marion Jester-Montoya

May 19, 2020

On January 7, 2020, 27-year-old Trevor Rowe was on his way home from work when he pulled over to check on his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter, Marion Jester-Montoya. Marion wasn’t, as you might expect, strapped into a rear-facing infant seat in the back of the car. She was stuffed into a backpack in the trunk, which was Trevor’s idea of an alternative to taking the little girl to a babysitter for the day. When Trevor opened the backpack, Marion was dead.

This is the bewildering story of Marion Jester-Montoya.

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Episode 12: Amari Boone

Episode 12: Amari Boone

May 12, 2020

Severe injuries and deaths from child abuse are rising amidst the stresses of COVID-19. In this episode centered around the story of one such child, I will also discuss resources and tools to help us cope with these stresses. 

On April 10, 2020, a three-year-old boy arrived in the emergency room at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. His foster parents told doctors the little boy had suffered a seizure. Doctors felt the multiple severe injuries the boy had suffered were inconsistent with their story, and when the boy died two days later on Easter Sunday, Fort Worth police began investigating the boy’s death as a homicide. 

His parents had warned CPS about previous injuries their son had suffered while in the foster family’s care, but no action was taken. To date, no arrests have been made.

This is the infuriating story of Amari Boone.

Anyone with information on Amari’s case should contact Fort Worth Police at (817) 332-5036 or FortWorthPDCACU@fortworthtexas.gov

The resources mentioned in this episode include:

  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7, 365 days per year immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-made disaster. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a government agency leading public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. You can reach the helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to provide free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. You can speak with someone by calling (800) 273-8255, or connect with a counselor through their online Lifeline Chat service.
  • Crisis Text Line provides 24/7 crisis counseling via text message. Simply text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.
  • ChildHelp.org aims to help victims of child abuse through education, treatment, and prevention programs. You can call or text them at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or even live chat with a support specialist on their website. I mentioned ChildHelp.org recently in my blog post and podcast episode about Ame Deal. The lead investigator on Ame’s case, Greg McKay, is now the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. I have tremendous respect for him!
  • HelpAndHope.org offers advice and resources to parents for the daily challenges of raising children, including parenting tips, fun ideas for kids, and (obviously) help and hope. 
  • HelpGuide.org helps you help yourself by showing you how to start improving your mental health and wellness today.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a bottomless well of information and resources. The NIMH is “the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders” and provides education on a variety of mental health disorders as well as resources, clinical trials, and much more. Their website is https://www.nimh.nih.gov/.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Their website is https://nami.org

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Episode 11: Logan Cline

Episode 11: Logan Cline

May 5, 2020

In February of this year, police in Las Vegas responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a 37-year-old woman and her 31-year-old boyfriend, both of whom were homeless and living out of a pickup truck with the woman’s teenage daughter and three dogs. The woman had extensive injuries, but she had an even more shocking story to tell authorities. What she told them led to the discovery, over a thousand miles away in Texas, of the woman’s 11-year-old son, whose body had been hidden in the trunk of an abandoned car for over two months.

This is the unbelievable, heartbreaking story of Logan Cline. 

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Episode 10: Noah Tomlin

Episode 10: Noah Tomlin

April 28, 2020

Last June, Julia Tomlin reported her 2-year-old son, Noah, missing, saying when she awoke around 11:30 in the morning on June 24, he was gone from the family’s mobile home in Hampton, Virginia. Investigators launched a massive search that spanned ten days, caught the attention of the national media, and involved several law enforcement agencies as well as concerned citizens. As the days passed, Julia’s story began to unravel, and she was charged with murder after admitting that Noah was dead, his body disposed of like trash. Days later, Noah’s partial remains were found in the city landfill. What little was found of the tiny boy told a tragic story of long-term neglect and abuse.

The more was learned about Julia’s life, the more obvious it became that she should never have had custody of the three children in her care at the time of Noah’s murder. Despite extensive CPS involvement with the family, a prior prison sentence for child neglect, endless documentation of her drug and alcohol abuse, and several other red flags, Julia was indeed granted custody of the three youngest of her ten children, only for one of them to end up dead.

This is the gut-wrenching story of Noah Tomlin.

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Episode 9: Ame Deal

Episode 9: Ame Deal

April 21, 2020

In 2011, a chronically abused 10-year-old girl suffocated to death on a hot Arizona summer night, padlocked inside an airtight plastic container that used to store her sister’s Barbie collection. This was Ame Deal’s punishment for eating a popsicle.

Ame’s death sparked a massive overhaul of Arizona’s child protection system and resulted in the convictions of five of her family members. She must never be forgotten.

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Episode 8: Alissa Guernsey

Episode 8: Alissa Guernsey

April 14, 2020

In 2009, a 16-month-old girl died while in the care of her mother's cousin, Christy Shaffer. The baby's death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. The police had only one suspect: Christy Shaffer. The prosecutor charged her with nothing more than neglect, and the judge let her out of jail after a mere 77 days. 

Small-town politics, corruption in the justice system, grassroots activism, and the utter miscarriage of justice intertwine in the mind-boggling story of Alissa Guernsey.

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Episode 7: Alex Hurley

Episode 7: Alex Hurley

April 7, 2020

A young boy in Montana loses his father and goes to live with his paternal grandparents, aunt, and uncles. Two years later, police are called to the family’s West Yellowstone home, where police find the boy dead, battered, and malnourished on the living room floor. Before long, five people, four of whom lived in the house with him, are charged in connection with the systematic torture and brutal death of 12-year-old James “Alex” Hurley.

This is Alex’s story.

 

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Episode 6: Thomas Valva (Part 2)

Episode 6: Thomas Valva (Part 2)

March 31, 2020

(Part 2 of 2)

An 8-year-old Long Island boy with autism dies of hypothermia after spending the night in the unheated garage of his family home. His NYPD officer father and the man’s fiancee are arrested for his murder. Only then do the years of abuse the little boy endured come to light, meticulously documented by his mother, who continues to fight for justice for her precious Tommy and his two surviving brothers. 

This is the tragic story of Thomas Valva. 

 

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Episode 5: Thomas Valva (Part 1)

Episode 5: Thomas Valva (Part 1)

March 24, 2020

An 8-year-old Long Island boy with autism dies of hypothermia after spending the night in the unheated garage of his family home. His NYPD officer father and the man’s fiancee are arrested for his murder. Only then do the years of abuse the little boy endured come to light, meticulously documented by his mother, who continues to fight for justice for her precious Tommy and his two surviving brothers. 

This is the tragic story of Thomas Valva. 

(Part 1 of 2)

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Episode 4: Raylee Browning

Episode 4: Raylee Browning

March 17, 2020

On December 26, 2018, 8-year-old Raylee Browning was rushed to the hospital in Oak Hill, West Virginia in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead shortly after arriving. Her cause of death was found to be a severe septic infection resulting from untreated bronchopneumonia. Over the course of a year-long investigation, police discovered that Raylee had been systematically tortured, singled out for abuse among the home’s four children, one of whom told investigators horrific details of the abuse that would shock even the most seasoned police veterans. The little girl had been punished by being denied food, water, and medical care, at one point becoming desperately thirsty enough that she drank from the toilet. 

The adults in the home, Raylee’s father, his girlfriend, and the girlfriend’s sister, were arrested almost a year after Raylee’s death and await trial, although all three posted bail and currently walk free among the citizens of West Virginia.

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