Episode 111: Moko Rangitoheriri (Part 1)

In 2015, single mom of three Nicola Dally-Paki’s oldest child needed to be hospitalized with a severe infection. She couldn’t leave him alone in the hospital, but she had no family nearby to care for her two younger children, aged seven and three. With few options, Nicola asked her longtime friend, Tania Shailer, to care for the kids for a while. She had no idea she was leaving her children in the care of a monster and her equally monstrous partner, David Haerewa. 

This is the story of a loving boy with a wide, infectious smile who spent the last weeks of his short life enduring unthinkable torture, pain, and violence. It’s also the story of two child killers whose inadequate charges led to ridiculously light sentences for a crime widely considered one of the worst child killings in New Zealand’s history.

This is part one of the disturbing story of Moko Rangitoheriri.

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Episode 108: Tesslynn O’Cull (Part 1)

On June 17, 1997, police in Springfield, Oregon found the battered, desecrated body of three-year-old Tesslynn O’Cull buried in a shallow grave. The torture perpetrated against Tesslynn by her mother’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Jesse Compton, and knowingly allowed by her mother, 21-year-old Stella Kiser, was cruel beyond belief, and both were immediately charged in Tesslynn’s murder, which became known as the worst case of child abuse in Oregon’s history.

This is the story of a sweet little girl who loved animals, drawing, and her bath toys. It’s also the story of the many failures that led to her brutal and preventable death, highlighting the importance of reporting suspected child abuse.

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

Links discussed in this episode: 

Never Forget Tesslynn O’Cull Facebook group

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Episode 105: Brooklyn & Lorenzo Velasquez (Part 1)

 When first responders arrived at the Velasquez family home in Superior, Arizona on the evening of March 26, 2018, they encountered an unfathomable tragedy. Two young children had been locked into a car for over thirteen hours in the Arizona heat, and by the time help arrived, two-year-old Lorenzo Velasquez and his nine-month-old sister, Brooklyn, lay dead on the floor of their great-grandparents’ home. Immediately, police doubted the story they were given by the children’s mother, 21-year-old Brittany Velasquez, who was quickly arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

This is the story of a pair of young, innocent siblings who were fundamentally failed by both their mentally impaired mother and the state’s child protection system. It’s also the story of a loving, multi-generational family who did everything they could to prevent the tragedy that ultimately befell them. 

This is part one of the heartbreaking story of Brooklyn and Lorenzo Velasquez.

Links discussed in today’s episode:

KidsAndCars.org

Washington Post article, “Fatal Distraction”

Episode 9: Ame Deal

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Episode 103: Heaven Watkins (Part 1)

 When eleven-year-old Heaven Watkins was found dead in her family’s Virginia home on May 18, 2018, her mother, Latoya Smith, and the woman’s live-in boyfriend, Demont Harris, told neighbors the little girl with autism and cerebral palsy had died from natural causes. In truth, Heaven’s death was anything but natural, and Latoya and Demont were charged with murder, accused of beating Heaven so severely that her small intestine ruptured.

This is the story of a little girl well known to the child protection system in her home state of Minnesota who completely fell off the radar when her family moved to Virginia. It’s also the story of a child whose completely preventable death has paved the way for more vigorous child protection laws in Virginia, and, with any luck, nationwide in the near future.

In my next 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. 

This is part one 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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Episode 100: Sterling Koehn (Part 1)

When Zachary Koehn called 911 on the afternoon of August 30, 2017, reporting his infant son appeared to be dead, first responders could never have guessed the horror that awaited them. In the back bedroom of an apartment in Alta Vista, Iowa, separate from the room shared by Zachary, his girlfriend Cheyanne, and their twenty-month-old daughter sat a powered infant swing, facing the back wall of the room. In that swing was the body of four-month-old Sterling Koehn, emaciated, stiff with rigor, the soft spots on his head sunken from dehydration. His diaper hadn’t been changed in several days, which had attracted flies, and the filthy blankets and clothing covering Sterling’s body crawled with maggots. 

This is the story of a baby boy whose parents valued their meth use and the care of their toddler daughter over the life of their newborn son. It’s also the story of a little boy who was doomed from the start but whose tragically short life touched the hearts of people around the world and who will never be forgotten.

This is part one of the horrific story of Sterling Koehn.

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Episode 98: Jaxson Love (Part 1)

When two-year-old Jaxson Love was rushed to the emergency room in Stockton, California on July 25, 2017, his father and stepmother, Willard and Chalsey Maynard, said the toddler had been injured by falling from a trampoline. However, when Chalsey was further interviewed, she admitted to throwing her husband’s son in the air and letting him fall to the ground over her anger that Jaxson was the product of his father’s infidelity.

In this episode, I will tell you the story of Jaxson Love, a little boy who was deeply loved by his family and whose big smile could light up any room. I’ll also tell you the story of a mother who wallowed in malice and spite until she ultimately lashed out at the very last person who deserved her wrath. 

In next week’s episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Jaxson’s mom, Brittany Gonzales, who has tirelessly sought #JusticeforJax for four and a half years. 

This is part one of the tragic story of Jaxson Love.

Links mentioned in this episode:

PSA by the San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council

Billie Symone Williams’ story on my blog

Donor Network West website

Donor Network West Facebook page

Justice for Jaxson “Jax” Love Facebook group

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