(Re-Edited/Re-Released) Episode 21: Sereniti Sutley

On October 7, 2017, 22-year-old Kelsie Blankenship burst out of her Conneaut, Ohio apartment, carrying the limp body of her almost-13-month-old daughter, Sereniti, and screaming for help. It was too late, however, and Sereniti was pronounced dead at the hospital. After both Kelsie and her live-in boyfriend, 37-year-old Joshua Gurto, were questioned, Joshua went on the run, resulting in a 3-week manhunt that culminated with his capture in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania. He was charged with the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s baby girl. A full year later, Kelsie Blankenship was apparently blindsided when she, too, was arrested in connection with her daughter’s death.

This is the horrific story of Sereniti Sutley.

(Note: This episode was originally released in July of 2020. This version has been re-edited for re-release.)

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Episode 122: Sereniti Deserves Justice

Two years ago in episode 21, I told you the story of one-year-old Sereniti Sutley, whose mother found her gravely injured in her crib on the morning of October 7, 2017. Sereniti was rushed to the hospital in Conneaut, Ohio, where she was pronounced dead. 

Although almost five years have passed since Sereniti’s death, the man accused of her murder, Joshua Gurto, still has not faced a jury for his crimes. In July of 2022, Ashtabula County Prosecutor Colleen O’Toole filed a motion with the court to dismiss six of the eight charges against him and to drop his remaining murder charge to mere involuntary manslaughter.

In this episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Sereniti’s great-aunt, Bobbie Blankenship; grandma, Melissa Sutley; and dad, Brandon Sutley, who shared with me their frustration over the length of the court process and the unwillingness of the current prosecutor to seek justice for the little princess they lost almost five years ago.

Sereniti deserves justice.

Links discussed in this episode: 

Justice for Sereniti rally

Contact Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Contact Ohio Governor Mike DeWine 

Write to visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove c/o April Daniels, Clerk of Courts 

Contact Ashtabula County Prosecutor Colleen O’Toole 

OUR VIEW opinion article

Article about family’s reaction

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Episode 93: Case Update Special #6

In this episode, I’ll provide updates on multiple cases I’ve covered in past episodes. The stories I’ll be updating today include those of Sereniti Sutley, Josias Marquez, and Keaton Boggs, whose stories I told in episodes 21, 24, and 30.

I’m going to try to release one more update episode before the end of the year, and that should bring us up to speed on all of the cases I’ve covered on the podcast that need updating. Like I’ve said before, I can’t just cover a case once and forget about it; it’s essential to me that I see each case through, and even after each child gets justice, the most important part of this for me is ensuring the child is never forgotten. 

This is Episode 93: Case Update Special #6.

Episode links:

Episode 21: Sereniti Sutley – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44665702

Episode 24: Josias Marquez – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44665644

Episode 30: Keaton Boggs – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44665627

Episode 90: Case Update Special #5 – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47631178

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Episode 90: Case Update Special #5

In this episode, I will provide updates on some of the cases I’ve covered on previous episodes of the podcast. As I mentioned last week, I hope to release more of these update specials between now and the end of the year.

The cases discussed in today’s episode include those of Sereniti Sutley, Josias Marquez, James Biel, Arabella Parker, and Brinley and Conner Snyder.

This is episode 90: Case Update Special #5.

Original episodes for cases discussed:
Episode 21: Sereniti Sutley
Episode 24: Josias Marquez
Episode 26: James Biel
Episode 16: Arabella Parker (Part 1)
Episode 17: Arabella Parker (Part 2)
Episode 29: Brinley & Conner Snyder

Other links mentioned:
Episode 9: Ame Deal
Justice for James on Facebook
Justice for Corey on Facebook

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