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Episode 57: Samiah Downing (Part 2)

Episode 57: Samiah Downing (Part 2)

April 7, 2021

Four-year-old Samiah Downing was visiting with her father and his girlfriend in Adelanto, California in December of 2012 when police received a report from a witness that something very bad had happened to Samiah. Police interviewed the couple, and within hours, authorities received information that led them to a shallow grave in the California desert, where they discovered Samiah’s body with unimaginable injuries. The story that emerged was a horror of daily beatings, confinement, and diabolical torture, including the water deprivation that ultimately led to Samiah’s death, and later, the arrest and conviction of three people.

In last week’s episode, I told you the story of Samiah’s life, her death, and the nearly nine-year criminal case that ensued. This week, you’ll hear my interview with the prosecutor in Samiah’s case, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Justin Crocker, who spent years pushing toward justice for the sweet, happy four-year-old girl with the big brown eyes. 

This is part 2 of the tragic story of Samiah Downing.

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This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

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Introducing: True Consequences - 10 Days of Jacob

Introducing: True Consequences - 10 Days of Jacob

April 5, 2021

To all my listeners, I implore you to take a moment to help my friend Eric Carter-Landin, host of the True Consequences podcast, whose message is below:

"Friends, I need your help over the next 10 days. 4/10 will be the 34th anniversary of my baby brother's murder and his killer is still free. My mom and I have been fighting for 34 years nonstop. Can you help me by doing the following:

"Today is the day and I need your help! Please share, email, call and sign the petition.

"1. Petition: https://www.change.org/p/da-clint-wellborn-please-reopen-the-case-of-the-murder-of-jacob-landin

"2. Call Clint Wellborn and ask that he reopen Jacob's case 575-835-0052

"3. Email Clint at CWellborn@da.state.nm.us

"4. Post on social media using the #IMadeTheDifference

"Will you help me and make the difference in Jacob's case today?"

Template email:

The Honorable Clint Wellborn
District Attorney, Socorro County
Mr. District Attorney:
I am writing to request that you re-examine the murder of Jacob Jeremiah Landin that took place on April 10, 1987. I believe that justice can be brought to Jacob's family if the case was reopened due to the evidence presented in the case file, such as the confession of the suspect and the history of abuse at the hands of said suspect.

I implore you to seriously consider prosecuting the suspect and to bring closure to Jacob's family who have fought for years on Jacob's behalf.

Regards,

[insert name]

Re-release - Episode 36: Jacob Landin (Part 2)

Re-release - Episode 36: Jacob Landin (Part 2)

April 2, 2021

*Note: Hi, everyone! I’m re-releasing this episode today, because today is day 2 of a 10-day campaign called “10 Days of Jacob,” organized by Jacob’s brother, Eric Carter-Landin of the essential true crime podcast, True Consequences. Please check out my social media for more details, and please take just a minute or two to help. This sweet baby boy’s murder has gone unprosecuted for 34 years, but we can help. For more details, please visit me on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest at sufferthelittlechildrenpod, and on Twitter and TikTok @STLCpod. This case means a lot to me, so if you can give a minute of your time to share, email, sign the petition, make a phone call, or all of the above, it would mean the world to me. Thank you all!

Last week, I told you the story of Jacob Landin: a beautiful, happy nine-month-old boy, bursting with life and personality, whose death from blunt force trauma to the head has been unresolved for over 33 years. Despite investigators zeroing in on a single suspect, the case, which over the years saw a periodic resurgence in police interest, has gone officially unsolved, and the man believed to have caused Jacob’s death has gone unpunished.

For this week’s episode, I had the honor of speaking with Jacob’s older brother, Eric Carter-Landin. Eric, who was 6 at the time, was initially blamed for causing Jacob’s death, and he has channelled his traumatic childhood experiences and the loss of his beloved brother into his own true crime podcast, True Consequences

This is part 2 of the infuriating story of Jacob Landin.

Click here to sign Eric’s petition: Justice for Jacob Landin. 

For Eric’s True Consequences episodes about Jacob, click: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Re-release - Episode 35: Jacob Landin (Part 1)

Re-release - Episode 35: Jacob Landin (Part 1)

April 1, 2021

Note: Hi, everyone! I’m re-releasing this episode today, because today is the beginning of a 10-day campaign called “10 Days of Jacob,” organized by Jacob’s brother, Eric Carter-Landin of the essential true crime podcast, True Consequences. Please check out my social media for more details, and please take just a minute or two to help. This sweet baby boy’s murder has gone unprosecuted for 34 years, but we can help. For more details, please visit me on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest at sufferthelittlechildrenpod, and on Twitter and TikTok @STLCpod. This case means a lot to me, so if you can give a minute of your time to share, email, sign the petition, make a phone call, or all of the above, it would mean the world to me. Thank you all!

In today’s episode, I’m going to tell you the story of Jacob Landin: a beautiful, happy nine-month-old boy, bursting with life and personality, whose death from blunt force trauma to the head has been unresolved for over 33 years. Despite investigators zeroing in on a single suspect, the case, which over the years saw a periodic resurgence in police interest, has gone officially unsolved, and the man believed to have caused Jacob’s death has gone unpunished.

This will be the first of two episodes covering Jacob’s story. For part 2, I had the honor of speaking with Jacob’s older brother, Eric Carter-Landin. Eric, who was 6 at the time, was initially blamed for causing Jacob’s death, and he has channeled his traumatic childhood experiences and the loss of his beloved brother into his own true crime podcast, True Consequences. You’ll hear my interview with Eric in the next episode.

This is part 1 of the infuriating story of Jacob Landin.

Click here to sign Eric’s petition: Justice for Jacob Landin. 

For Eric’s True Consequences episodes about Jacob, click: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 

Click here for statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). 

Click here to sign Laura Richards’ petition: Domestic Violence Law Reform USA. 

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 56: Samiah Downing (Part 1)

Episode 56: Samiah Downing (Part 1)

March 31, 2021

Four-year-old Samiah Downing was visiting with her father and his girlfriend in Adelanto, California in December of 2012 when police received a report from a witness that something very bad had happened to Samiah. Police interviewed the couple, and within hours, authorities received information that led them to a shallow grave in the California desert, where they discovered Samiah’s body with unimaginable injuries. The story that emerged was a horror of daily beatings, confinement, and diabolical torture, including the water deprivation that ultimately led to Samiah’s death, and later, the arrest and conviction of three people.

In this episode, I will tell you the story of Samiah’s life, her death, and the nearly nine-year criminal case that ensued. Next week, you’ll hear my interview with the prosecutor in Samiah’s case, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Justin Crocker, who spent years pushing toward justice for the sweet, happy four-year-old girl with the big brown eyes. 

This is part 1 of the tragic story of Samiah Downing.

To watch the segment about Samiah on Gina Silva’s Fox 11 investigative series The Children Are Dying, click here.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsor:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

Shout-out also to the Stolen Lives podcast, whose promo you heard at the top of the episode! 

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 55: Hoss Benham

Episode 55: Hoss Benham

March 24, 2021

On March 11, 2014, a young woman and her older boyfriend entered the emergency room in Cullman, Alabama, carrying the lifeless body of her one-year-old son, Hoss Benham, who they said had drowned in the bathtub of their mobile home. Hoss’s injuries did not match up with the couple’s story, and after the results of an autopsy were released, both would face multiple charges, including capital murder and sexual torture.

This is a story of a little boy who endured unfathomable cruelty at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend. It’s also the story of a sweet, happy baby who died in terror and agony on his first birthday. 

This is the tragic story of Hoss Benham.

In this episode, I discussed types and signs of child abuse, as well as risk factors. This information was largely gathered from this page on the Mayo Clinic’s website, which also lists complications, prevention tips, and other resources. If you see something, say something!

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

On the Heromakers Podcast, hosts Laurie Nichols and Ann Chow have great conversations with many incredible people who are making the world a little bit better. Visit the Heromakers Movement website here

Shout-out also to Ana at Apple for the Teacher Podcast, whose promo you heard at the top of today’s episode! Find Apple for the Teacher on your favorite podcast listening platform.

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like this one, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 54: Maddilyn-Rose Stokes

Episode 54: Maddilyn-Rose Stokes

March 17, 2021

On May 25, 2017, two-year-old Maddilyn-Rose Stokes was rushed to the hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, unresponsive and suffering from infected third-degree burns that had been inflicted in the family’s bathtub five days prior. Her parents, Shane Stokes and Nicole Moore, had not sought medical care for their little girl’s worsening condition, calling emergency services only when she stopped breathing. Several hours later, Maddy was dead.

This is a story of bad decisions, selfishness, mental illness, and medical neglect. It’s also the story of a tiny, defenseless toddler who suffered unimaginable pain for five days with severe, untreated burns covering a fifth of her little body, which finally succumbed to the resultant infection running rampant through her bloodstream. 

This is the horrific story of Maddilyn-Rose Stokes.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

On the Heromakers Podcast, hosts Laurie Nichols and Ann Chow have great conversations with many incredible people who are making the world a little bit better. Visit the Heromakers Movement website here

Shout-out also to Malice, whose podcast promo you heard at the top of today’s episode!

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like Maddy’s, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 53: Damian Sutton (Part 2)

Episode 53: Damian Sutton (Part 2)

March 10, 2021

Last week, I began telling you the story of 2-year-old Damian Sutton, who spent six days on life support after dying in Children’s Hospital in Detroit from a head injury incurred while in the care of a man pretending to be his mother’s boyfriend. After the man, Ronald DiMambro Jr., was convicted of Damian’s murder, a Brady violation led to Ron being granted a second trial.

In this episode, I’ll tell you the rest of Damian’s story, and you’ll also hear my interview with Damian’s maternal grandmother, Tara Thompson, who Damian called “Nana.”

This is part two of the gut-wrenching story of Damian Sutton.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsor:

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like Damian’s, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Minisode 3: Quortney Kley Update

Minisode 3: Quortney Kley Update

March 5, 2021

In episode 49, I told you the story of 20-month-old Quortney Kley, who was sexually abused and murdered on February 25, 1997 by her mother’s boyfriend, Cayce Williams. After an unthinkable nine year court process, Williams finally accepted a plea agreement in 2006, pleading guilty to murder and predatory criminal sexual assault in exchange for a 48-year prison sentence. However, due to a glitch in Illinois law that has since been corrected, Williams was only required to serve half of his sentence, and on February 25, 2021, after 24 years in prison for the rape and murder of a baby, Cayce Williams walked free from the Dixon Correctional Facility.

In this minisode, I’ll cover the recent developments in Quortney’s story, including her killer’s parole, his current whereabouts, and how his release has affected Quortney’s family. I’ll also talk about the absolute necessity of amplifying the voices of Quortney and her family to drown out the voice of her killer. 

Visit the Justice for Quortney Kley Facebook page here.

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Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

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Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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Episode 52: Damian Sutton (Part 1)

Episode 52: Damian Sutton (Part 1)

March 3, 2021

On August 21, 2013, 26-year-old Ronald DiMambro Jr. called 911 to summon an ambulance to his family’s lavish home in Washington Township, Michigan. Ronald said a little boy in his care, 2-year-old Damian Sutton, was having an asthma attack, but later that evening, after giving a detective multiple versions of his story, Ron confessed to shaking the toddler and was charged with felony child abuse. After Damian died on August 27, Ron’s charge was upgraded to murder.

In this episode, you’ll hear the story of a little boy with enormous blue eyes whose light was snuffed out by a man pretending to be his mother’s boyfriend, and you’ll hear how that man’s barbaric actions dragged Damian’s family through not one, but two murder trials. Next week, you’ll hear my interview with Damian’s maternal grandmother, Tara Thompson, who Damian called “Na-na.”

This is part one of the gut-wrenching story of Damian Sutton.

Huge thanks to today’s sponsors:

Jay Shifman created the Choose Your Struggle Podcast to educate listeners on the issues of Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy, and in doing so help end the stigma around these topics. Visit his podcast website here.

Smile Brilliant provides teeth whitening and oral care products customized just for you! Visit their website here.

Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram

You can also follow the podcast on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, and Pinterest. My Linktree is available here.

Visit the podcast's web page at www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com.  

Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts! 

This podcast is written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine. 

For more stories like Damian’s, visit Suffer the Little Children Blog.

Music for this episode is from www.AudioJungle.net

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