Nancy Grace Kills Another Grieving Mother

Being featured on Nancy Grace’s Headline News Network festival of crazy is hazardous to your health.  Another distraught mom has responded to Grace’s insults by taking her own life.

Scorned Cottage Grove mom sets self ablaze

Called “vodka mom” on national TV after suffocating her infant son while drunk, the Cottage Grove woman died of her injuries

A 29-year-old Cottage Grove woman set herself afire and died just weeks after being ridiculed as “vodka mom” on national television for drunkenly rolling onto and asphyxiating her three-week-old son in November.

Toni Medrano died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, said Don Gorrie, a spokesman for the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office. The cause and manner of death are under investigation, Gorrie said.

Medrano doused herself in a flammable liquid on July 2 and lit her body on fire in her mother’s backyard in St. Paul Park at 4:01 a.m., said Police Chief Michael Monahan. Medrano was “despondent and suicidal over personal issues,” he said.

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

H/T Dan Riehl

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  • Commander_Chico

    The number of insane people who have TV shows is a sign of U.S. decadence. Grace is an example. Who watches her? I suspect angry harridans just like her. For a man, she’s like the psycho ex-girlfriend who called the police when you broke up with her. Fingernails/blackboard.

    • Wild_Willie

      I couldn’t agree more. Television has indeed become ‘the great wasteland of america’. Some good, a tremendous amount very bad. ww

      • Commander_Chico

        Like your new avatar.

        • 914

          DERP! DERP!

  • Guest

    I think it’s a pity CNN settled the earlier lawsuit, and I hope the current suit comes to naught.

    I don’t think Grace is much of a journalist, or even much of a human being. But at the same time, I think it’s a stretch to attribute an obviously troubled person’s suicide to Grace’s behavior.

    • herddog505

      I agree.

    • Guest

      It’s all a bit like the Dharun Ravi case. People do things that cross a line, and may even be something of a contributing factor when another person harms himself.

      The line-crossing behavior can be morally reprehensible. And people have an understandable desire to punish that behavior. But at the same time, you have to recognize that

      1) people do have a constitutional right to be douchebags;
      2) when a person harms himself, the “cause” is tough to pin down, but is often a confusing combination of factors;
      3) Because of 2, it’s something of a crapshoot to attribute one person’s suicide to another person’s douchebaggery; and,
      4) Punishing the douchebaggery in civil or criminal court can create larger, unintended consequences.

      • Brucehenry

        This may not be the time or place for levity, but this thread brings to mind a stand up comic I saw in the early 90s. He was talking about some parents who were suing the metal band Judas Priest because their kids were misbehaving, allegedly under the influence of the band. He asked, “Does that mean I can sue Dan Fogelberg for turning me into a pussy in the mid-70s?”

  • jim_m

    What astonishes me is why anyone would consent to go on her show in the first place.

    • Sky__Captain

      Does anyone even WATCH her show?

  • 914

    She is so full of self righteous indignation.. Its so thick I cannot watch it.

  • Vagabond661

    I think we can give Ted Kennedy a rest and update that old adage with Nancy:”More people have died from being berated by Nancy Grace than in Nuclear Power accidents in the US.”

  • Nancy Grace – perfect example of why “journalists” should be screened for psychotic behavior, and chlorine should be added to some gene pools.

  • Nancy Disgrace . . . same stuff, different victim.