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Suffer the Little Children is a true crime podcast giving voices back to the victims of child abuse and shining a harsh spotlight on the parents, guardians, and caretakers who silenced them.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 602 Ratings

Suffer the Little Children is a true crime podcast giving voices back to the victims of child abuse and shining a harsh spotlight on the parents, guardians, and caretakers who silenced them.

    Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 1: Michael and Kevin

    Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 1: Michael and Kevin

    Susan Stevenson. Susan Cook. Susan Kendzia. Susan Lee. All of these names belong to the same woman. You’d never know by looking at this charming, gray-haired 62-year-old southern grandmother that she has spent decades leaving a trail of illness, abuse, and death in her wake. Even though the words “Munchausen syndrome by proxy” have hovered over Susan’s head since the mid-1980s like a dark cloud, she has been permitted to continue committing countless alleged atrocities against children and others for over forty years with little to no consequence.

    Over the course of this miniseries, I will expose Susan’s alleged misdeeds with the help of those who were fortunate enough to survive her, and I will speak out for those who weren’t.

    In today’s episode, I will tell you about two baby boys who were adopted into the Kendzia home nine months apart and who died under similarly suspicious circumstances, also nine months apart.

    This is Part 1: Michael and Kevin.

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

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    Music for this episode is from https://audiojungle.net.

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    • 59 min
    Episode 126: Dawson McKinney

    Episode 126: Dawson McKinney

    On May 11, 2020, a young mother ran to her neighbor’s house with her two-month-old son, saying the baby was vomiting and his breathing was labored. Dawson McKinney was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, and placed on life support, suffering from severe brain injuries. Danielle Radue was taken into custody and charged first with her son’s injury and later with his murder. On May 15, Dawson died in his daddy’s arms.

    This is the story of a perfect baby boy with the most incredible head of wild brown hair you’ve ever seen who changed the lives of everyone who was blessed to know him during his two short months on earth. It’s also the story of a mother who to this day refuses to take responsibility for any of her own actions, including the death of her own son.

    For this episode, I had the honor of talking to Dawson’s dad, Adam McKinney, who told me all about the special little boy who taught him countless important life lessons.

    This is the tragic story of Dawson McKinney.

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

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 125: Hazel Homan (Part 2)

    Episode 125: Hazel Homan (Part 2)

    Last week, I told you the story of three-year-old Hazel Homan, whose brain was fatally injured while she was in the care of her father’s girlfriend, Kamee Dixon. This episode features two special guests. First, you’ll hear my conversation with Stephanie D., the jury foreperson at Kamee’s murder trial, who is the first juror I’ve spoken to on the podcast and who had a very valuable perspective of the case.

    Next, you’ll hear from Ashlee Barnes, Hazel’s aunt and the sister of Hazel’s father, Brandon Homan. Ashlee has been the de facto family spokesperson since Hazel’s death, and she told me all about the sweet little girl her family cherishes to this day, whose memory they will never allow to fade.

    This is part two of the heartbreaking story of Hazel Homan.

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    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. Pledges of $10 or more per month access a small but growing collection of Patreon-exclusive bonus minisodes! Visit www.patreon.com/STLCpod. (www.patreon.com/STLCpod)

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

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    Music for this episode is from https://audiojungle.net.

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 124: Hazel Homan (Part 1)

    Episode 124: Hazel Homan (Part 1)

    On November 27, 2019, 27-year-old Kamee Dixon called 911, saying her stepdaughter had choked and was unresponsive. Sadly, the damage to three-year-old Hazel Homan’s brain was not survivable. After police found evidence of a pattern of abuse, Kamee was arrested and charged with her murder.

    This is the story of how child protection agencies failed a little girl who was removed from her parents’ custody, placed with her grandparents for a year and a half, and returned to her father’s home in June of 2019, only to die five months later. It’s also the story of a precious three-year-old girl with long brown hair, pinchable cheeks, and big brown eyes who loved Baby Shark, chicken nuggets, and playing with her toy ponies.

    This is part one of the heartbreaking story of Hazel Homan.

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

    For more stories like this one, visit https://sufferthelittlechildrenblog.com.

    Music for this episode is from https://audiojungle.net.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 123: AJ Freund (Mega Episode)

    Episode 123: AJ Freund (Mega Episode)

    On April 18, 2019, JoAnn Cunningham and Drew Freund called 911 to report their 5-year-old son, AJ, missing from the family’s home in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Days later, police discovered AJ’s battered body in a shallow grave, and both JoAnn and Drew were charged with the murder of their little boy.

    I’ve told AJ’s story in parts over the course of two regular episodes, a few update episodes, and multiple posts on Suffer the Little Children Blog. AJ was the first child I ever featured on both the blog and the podcast, and he holds a special place in my heart. Because I covered his story over two years ago and in such a fragmented way, in this episode, I’m pulling it all together into one “mega episode” comprising all of my previous coverage about AJ as well as any updates I’ve found that I haven’t yet covered. Some of it is newly recorded, but most of it is compiled from past episodes, making it easier to get the full picture of AJ’s story all in one place.

    This is the tragic story of AJ Freund.

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    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. Pledges of $10 or more per month access a small but growing collection of Patreon-exclusive bonus minisodes! Visit www.patreon.com/STLCpod. (www.patreon.com/STLCpod)

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

    For more stories like this one, visit https://sufferthelittlechildrenblog.com.

    Music for this episode is from https://audiojungle.net.

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    • 2 hr 41 min
    Episode 21: Sereniti Sutley (Re-Edited / Re-Released)

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

    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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    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. Pledges of $10 or more per month access a small but growing collection of Patreon-exclusive bonus minisodes! Visit www.patreon.com/STLCpod. (www.patreon.com/STLCpod)

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

    For more stories like this one, visit https://sufferthelittlechildrenblog.com.

    Music for this episode is from https://audiojungle.net.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
602 Ratings

602 Ratings

h pill ,

Love

All I can say is bless everyone involved and thank you so much for your time and effort in bringing awareness to these children you’re are a true Angel 💜

TheSayBell ,

Good podcast bad intro

This is a quality podcast that tells the stories of child abuse victims in a respectful way. However, the intro of the podcast and the transition sounds make me very uncomfortable. I think these are poor creative choices given the subject matter. They seem to glorify the violence, which is obviously not the host’s goal with this podcast. The sounds of domestic violence as an intro comes across as sick and twisted.

no sleep today ,

Teghan Skiba

You warned us. But the actual story of the horrors little Teghan suffered is incomprehensible. There are times I feel that we should use the rule of eye for an eye. Perhaps that monster should suffer exactly the same torture and violence Teghan suffered. Then justice might be closer to being served.

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