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 , 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.