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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.

Suffer the Little Children Suffer the Little Children Podcast

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 308 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.

    Episode 78 - Blaise Spoerl (Part 1)

    Episode 78 - Blaise Spoerl (Part 1)

    On the evening of September 14, 2008, Jennifer Spoerl went out for the evening, leaving her two children at their home in Summerville, South Carolina with her live-in boyfriend, Justin Hillerby. Jenn arrived home late and didn’t check on her 22-month-old son, Blaise, until after 10:00 the following morning, when she found Blaise dead in his crib with dried blood on his face. Days later, after telling multiple versions of his story, Justin Hillerby was arrested and charged with Blaise’s murder.

    In this episode, I’ll tell you the story of a beautiful, blond, blue-eyed boy who didn’t live to see his second birthday thanks to the drunken rage of his mother’s boyfriend. I’ll also tell you the story of a mother who reportedly continues to make terrible decisions in regard to her children’s safety even after losing one of them in such a predictable, preventable way.

    This is part one of the heartbreaking story of Blaise Spoerl.

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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 $10 a month or more 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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    • 41 min
    Episode 77 - Dante Mullinix (Part 2)

    Episode 77 - Dante Mullinix (Part 2)

    Last week, I told you the story of two-year-old Dante Mullinix of York, Pennsylvania, who died in the hospital on September 15, 2018. Dante’s death was ruled a homicide caused by traumatic brain injury with strangulation and chest compression, but Dante’s head and body were also covered in bruises, and he suffered from an active case of herpes 2.

    My guest on today’s episode is Dante’s maternal aunt, Sarah Mullinix, who helped her sister raise Dante for all but the last three months of his life and petitioned the court for emergency custody of her nephew when she found out Leah and Dante were homeless. Even after his death, Sarah continues fighting for Dante. Sarah and I talked about the circumstances of Dante’s life and untimely death and about the man she believes was wrongfully accused of her nephew’s murder.

    This is part 2 of the mind-boggling story of Dante Mullinix.

    Links related to today’s episode:

    Justice for Dante Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/justicefordante815

    Justice for Tyree Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-Tyree-507255179786268/

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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 $10 a month or more 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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    • 39 min
    Episode 76: Dante Mullinix (Part 1)

    Episode 76: Dante Mullinix (Part 1)

    Two weeks before his third birthday, two-year-old Dante Mullinix was rushed to the hospital, unresponsive. His mother’s boyfriend claimed Dante choked on animal crackers. Several days later, on September 15, 2018, Dante was pronounced dead. His death was ruled a homicide caused by traumatic brain injury with strangulation and chest compression. An autopsy revealed the toddler’s head was covered with bruises, and he also had bleeding on the brain as well as hemorrhaging inside his neck.

    Police arrested 40-year-old Tyree Bowie and charged him with Dante’s murder. He currently awaits trial, but Dante’s aunt, Sarah Mullinix, and many others believe he is innocent. Did authorities in York County, Pennsylvania arrest the wrong man? Will there ever be true justice for little Dante?

    This is part one of the infuriating story of Dante Mullinix.

    Links discussed in today’s episode:

    Justice for Dante Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/justicefordante815

    Justice for Tyree Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-Tyree-507255179786268/

    Pennsylvania Statute Title 23: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=23&div=0&chpt=63&sctn=49&subsctn=0

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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! (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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    • 59 min
    Episode 75: Rica Rountree (Part 3)

    Episode 75: Rica Rountree (Part 3)

    Over the past 2 weeks, I told you the story of 8-year-old Rica Rountree, who DCFS left in her father’s home despite clear evidence that she was being abused. After Rica died on January 26, 2019, investigators found disturbing cell phone videos of Rica’s abuse and arrested her father’s girlfriend, Cindy Baker. After Cindy was convicted, Rica’s father, Richard Rountree, was also arrested for his part in his daughter’s death. In this episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Rica’s mother, Ann Rountree, who is relentless in her mission to protect other children from suffering her daughter’s fate.

    This is the story of a sweet, kind little girl who could make anyone smile and who loved her dolls like they were her own children. It’s also the story of the failure of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services to protect yet another vulnerable child from targeted and obvious child abuse.

    This is part 3 of the horrific story of Rica Rountree.

    Links discussed in today’s episode:

    Justice 4 Rica Jae Rountree Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/justice4ricajae

    Justice 4 Rica Jae Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/justice4ricajae/

    Justice 4 Rica Jae Foundation website: https://justice4ricajae.org

    Labyrinth Made Goods website: www.labyrinthmadegoods.com

    Illinois House Bill 3821 (HB3821/2021): https://legiscan.com/IL/text/HB3821/2021

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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! (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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    • 52 min
    Episode 74: Rica Rountree (Part 2)

    Episode 74: Rica Rountree (Part 2)

    Last week, I told you the first part of the story of 8-year-old Rica Rountree, who DCFS left in her father’s home despite clear evidence that she was being abused. After Rica died on January 26, 2019, investigators found disturbing cell phone videos of Rica’s abuse and arrested her father’s girlfriend, Cindy Baker. In this episode, I’ll go over the rest of Rica’s story, including the trial of Cindy Baker and subsequent developments.

    This is the story of a sweet, kind little girl who could make anyone smile and who loved her dolls like they were her own children. It’s also the story of the failure of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services to protect yet another vulnerable child from targeted and obvious child abuse.
    In next week’s episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Rica’s mother, Ann Rountree, who is relentless in her mission to protect other children from suffering her daughter’s fate.

    This is part 2 of the horrific story of Rica Rountree.

    Links discussed in today’s episode:

    Justice 4 Rica Jae Rountree Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/justice4ricajae

    Justice 4 Rica Jae Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/justice4ricajae/

    Justice 4 Rica Jae Foundation website: https://justice4ricajae.org

    Labyrinth Made Goods website: www.labyrinthmadegoods.com

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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! (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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    • 38 min
    Episode 73: Rica Rountree (Part 1)

    Episode 73: Rica Rountree (Part 1)

    Despite multiple allegations of abuse against Richard Rountree and his girlfriend, Cindy Baker, Illinois DCFS never saw fit to remove his battered 8-year-old daughter, Rica, from their home, accepting their glib explanation for Rica’s cuts, welts, bruises, scars, and countless other injuries: the girl was just “clumsy.”

    On January 25, 2019, Rica was rushed to the hospital, unresponsive, with a huge bruise on her abdomen. Despite surgery to repair her internal injuries, Rica died the following day. After a search warrant turned up disturbing videos of Rica’s abuse, Cindy Baker was arrested and charged with murder.

    This is the story of a sweet, kind little girl who could make anyone smile and who loved her dolls like they were her own children. It’s also the story of the failure of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services to protect yet another vulnerable child from targeted and obvious child abuse.

    This is part 1 of the horrific story of Rica Rountree.

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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! (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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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
308 Ratings

308 Ratings

JamesB5991 ,

amazing

love the dedication and how detailed the cases are presented

cwinnett33 ,

Laine is the best

This podcast is incredible. Laine is an amazing host. I typically just search on reddit for true crime podcasts but joined a Facebook group recently who recommended it. I wish I had known about it sooner. However, loved that I could binge all the episodes. Tough topics, but Laine does an incredible job telling their stories. You can just tell she’s a mom! She doesn’t leave out any details (which I love). Have already recommended to family and friends and will continue to do so!

brolene413 ,

add the DSM to your sources

I wanted to like this podcast. I found this through indie drop in with the four part series on munchausen by proxy. The first episode was interesting, I was happy to find something without annoying voice acted recreations or sad attempts at humor or explainations that make me feel like the host is dumbing down for me.

But then in episode 2 the host launches into an incredibly disgustingly ableist and wildly misinformed lecture on personality disorders totally unprompted. Im not sure where she got the sources for all of this garbage... but not a single thing was true.

It was incredibly harmful to someone who has a personality disorder.

Esspecially considering this show is supposed to advocate for victims of child abuse and personality disorders are many times brought on by child abuse. Incredibly insensitive and down right untrue. I immidately unfollowed and stopped in the middle of the episode.

please, if you are reading comments to see if this podcast is for you, and you have a personality disorder (or probably any mental disorder tbh, if she knows so little abt PDs i cant vouch for her knowledge and disdain towards other disorders) - turn away. even if you arent bothered by the misinformation and can ignore there, dont give this person views or attention until she can be bothered to educate herself on the disorders caused by the people she claims to care so much about.

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