Episode 110: Ger’Mya Alexander

On the morning of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, police in Bakersfield, California responded to an apartment on a report of an eight-year-old child not breathing. Although Ger’Mya Alexander was rushed to the hospital, she died of her injuries the same day. Her mother’s boyfriend, 37-year-old Clint Mason, who had been caring for Ger’Mya when she was fatally injured, fled on foot and was apprehended the next morning.  

This is the story of a smart, sweet, caring little girl who adored her granny and sometimes got in trouble at school for talking too much. It’s also the story of her unnecessary, brutal death at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust to protect her.

This is the heartbreaking story of Ger’Mya Alexander.

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Episode 109: Tesslynn O’Cull (Part 2)

Last week, I told you the first part of the story of three-year-old Tesslynn O’Cull, whose murder in 1997 became known as the worst case of child abuse in Oregon’s history. After Tesslynn’s battered body was found in a shallow grave, her mother, 21-year-old Stella Kiser, and the woman’s live-in boyfriend, 20-year-old Jesse Compton, were charged with murder.

This week, I’ll tell you the rest of Tesslynn’s story, discussing Stella’s two jury trials, Jesse’s attempts to have his conviction and death sentence overturned, and more about who Tesslynn was. You’ll also hear my conversation with Tesslynn’s maternal uncle, her mother’s twin brother, Billy Kiser, who was the only person who intervened to try to save his niece and who still thinks about her every day.

This is part two of the horrific story of Tesslynn O’Cull.

Links discussed in this episode: 

Never Forget Tesslynn O’Cull Facebook group  

Dala’s Blue Angels Facebook group

Dala’s Blue Angels website

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Episode 107: Girl Hidden

Jesse René Gibbs spent most of her childhood in small town North Carolina under the thumb of a narcissistic mother who twisted religion to fit her interpretation and gave birth to child after child while utterly failing to care for them. Jesse’s stepfather did nothing to protect his children from his wife’s abuse, often dealing out physical punishments when his wife was unable to do it herself, and during Jesse’s younger years, he also abused his oldest step-daughter in his own horrific way under the guise of love.

This is the story of a young girl forced to carry out her mother’s every whim while expected to raise her own siblings, make money for the family to live on, and keep the family home and farm running smoothly. It’s also the story of a survivor who, against all odds, escaped her childhood torment, made something of herself, and wrote a detailed, deeply moving memoir about her experiences using not only her own memories, but journals, official documents, and letters from her mother herself to flesh out her gut-wrenching life story.

This is the story of Jesse René Gibbs, Girl Hidden. 

Links discussed in this episode: 

Girl Hidden by Jesse René Gibbs on Amazon

Girl Hidden website

Girl Hidden Facebook group

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Episode 104: Heaven Watkins (Part 2)

 

Last week, I told you the story of Heaven Watkins, an eleven-year-old autistic girl with cerebral palsy who was well known to the child protection system in her home state of Minnesota. When her family moved to Virginia, however, Heaven fell off the radar of those tasked with protecting children, and despite the warnings of concerned family members, Heaven was beaten to death in May of 2018 by her mother and her live-in boyfriend.

In this episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Heaven’s aunt and kinship caregiver, Dr. Sheronda Orridge, an incredibly accomplished woman who has never stopped fighting for her special niece and whose efforts have paved the way for new laws to help better protect other children like Heaven.

This is part two of the tragic story of Heaven Watkins. 

Links discussed in today’s episode:

Kimberly Flower on YouTube

Tammy Risen’s book, In the Best Interest of a Child

H.R.485 – Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Heaven’s Law (Virginia)

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