Woman called 'vodka mom' on Nancy Grace show, who suffocated newborn son commits suicide
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Woman called 'vodka mom' on Nancy Grace show, who suffocated newborn son commits suicide

Cottage Grove : MN : USA | Jul 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM PDT
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A 29-year-old Cottage Grove woman set herself afire and died just weeks after being ridiculed as “vodka mom” on national television .Toni Medrano died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Medrano was dubbed the "vodka mom" on a June 11 segment of the "Nancy Grace" show on the HLN cable news channel, and other national news outlets picked up the story and the "vodka mom" label.

Toni Annette Medrano , the Minnesota woman who allegedly suffocated her 3-week-old infant son by sleeping on him after drinking a heavy amount of vodka last November.

Medrano was charged last month in Washington County with two counts of manslaughter in the death of Adrian Alexander Medrano, who was born Nov. 1. The infant died of asphyxia Nov. 22.

Toni Medrano,lit herself on fire in the backyard of her Minnesota home last Monday after covering herself in flammable liquid.

Friends say the mother became distraught after Nancy Grace, the HLN talk show host mentioned on her show that she was the “Vodka Mom” and questioned why the mother wasn’t being charged with first degree murder. Using a vodka bottle as a prop and carrying on, Grace brought pressure to the case of maximum proportions.

Nancy added that Toni had a history of drinking heavily, including two DWI’s in one month. After her feature on Nancy Grace, Toni became the subject of ridicule on the internet.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Expect the Medrano family to sue. They might succeed.

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dubbbed the "vodka mom" on a June 11 segment of the "Nancy Grace" show on the HLN cable news channel
On air comments by television host Nancy Grace apparently led to the suicide of Toni Medrano, 29, of Cottage Grove, Minn. Grace dubbed Medrano the "vodka mom" for getting drunk and falling asleep on a couch with her infant son, smothering him. Nov. 13
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