On March 21, 2020, three-year-old Erykah Taylor arrived at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, unresponsive. Shortly after her arrival, she was pronounced dead. Based on her injuries, which included bone fractures and multiple bruises, police did not believe the story they heard from Tonny Manns, the live-in boyfriend of Erykah’s mother and Erykah’s caretaker at the time she was fatally injured. After Erykah’s five-year-old sister told investigators what she witnessed, Tonny was arrested and charged with capital murder of a person under ten.
This is the story of a funny, sweet little girl with a huge, sunny personality whose family feels her loss every day. It’s also the story of a bully of a man who got away with the murder of a toddler with a mere slap on the wrist.
You’ll also hear my conversation with Erykah’s paternal grandmother, Andrei “Kookie” Harris, an amazing lady who is devoted to keeping her granddaughter’s memory alive.
This is the heartbreaking story of Erykah Taylor.
Photos related to today’s episode can be viewed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sufferthelittlechildrenpod
You can also follow the podcast on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
My Linktree is available here.
Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me on Patreon, you’ll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts. Pledges of $5 or more per month access ad-free versions of my regular Wednesday episodes (starting with episode #88). Pledges of $10 or more per month access a small but growing collection of Patreon-exclusive bonus minisodes!
You can also support the podcast at Ko-Fi.com/STLCpod.
This podcast is researched, 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 Audio Jungle.
Subscribe to Suffer the Little Children on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spreaker, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or your favorite podcast listening platform.
One thought on “Episode 139: Erykah Taylor”
Justice for Erykah.. We ❤️ you…