'Vodka Mom' Burns Herself to Death After Extreme Media Scrutiny

Tue, July 10, 2012 5:28pm EDT by 18 Comments
Vodka Mom Kills Herself

The mother, who killed her 3-week-old son after drunkenly passing out on him in 2011, killed herself, just one month after Nancy Grace ridiculed her carelessness on her talk show.

Toni Medrano, 29, lit herself on fire in the backyard of her Minnesota home last Monday after covering herself in flammable liquid.

The young mother, dubbed ‘Vodka Mom,’ was charged with manslaughter in the death of her newborn son Adrian, whom she passed out on while drunk in November of 2011. Toni faced two counts of second degree manslaughter, one charge for ‘culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk’ and a second for ‘committing or attempting to commit a violation’. If convicted, she would have faced 10 years in prison.

According to the Daily Mail, Toni had consumed an entire fifth of vodka when she fell asleep on the coach with the baby between her and the cushions.

The drunken mother allegedly woke up and fed the newborn at 3 a.m. She then went back to sleep and didn’t wake up until her other children were getting ready to go to school. It was not until 10:30 am that she realized that Adrian was cold and purple.

Toni and her husband called 911 and tried to revive the baby, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Woodwinds Hospital. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death “asphyxia due to being laid upon while sleeping with an adult.” Toni was tested and her blood alcohol content was 0.11.

Toni’s story was featured on the talk show Nancy Grace. The show revealed  that the amount she had consumed was equal to 17 vodka drinks.

“She’s waking up and she is so drunk off a fifth of vodka, she doesn’t even know her baby is laying there dead beside her,” Nancy Grace said. A doctor on Nancy Grace said that the baby had probably been dead for hours due to the purple coloring of his skin, which is a sign that blood had been pooling in the body.

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

– Caroline Zapatero

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Tucker

Posted at 6:06 PM on July 12, 2012  

Its sad to hear that some people believe that this mom got what she deserved, I lost my son at six months of age its the most heartbreaking thing that u can have happen to you and if you haven’t gone through this horrible loss then you should not judge this woman,and then to have it broadcast to the world for everyone to point the judgemental finger at her when she and her family are going through this pain is enough to send anyone over the the deep end,so befor you point your finger put yourself in her shoes, try to think of what its like trying to deal with a tragic mistake with the world judging you

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Ann

Posted at 9:16 AM on July 23, 2012  

I so agree with you..I too lost a three month old son 35 years ago and somedays it still feels like that day. We don’t know how or when we will leave this world. but dont leave it standing in judgement of others, because we will also be judge come our time.. This news story is not all there is to this woman..before the took a drink or even why she took one or more we just dont know her life.

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Megan

Posted at 2:34 PM on July 12, 2012  

Obviously with his past with alcohol, she had a real issue. The loss of her child is completely devastating and though her negligence makes her responsible, it doesn’t make her loss any less real than if she had been sober. She burned herself to death- she knew her son suffered and she ensured she did as well. Absolutely heartbreaking for all involved.

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Abby

Posted at 11:18 AM on July 12, 2012  

No matter what you say she had a family that she needed to take care of. Suicide was the most selfish thing she could of ever done since now her family has to deal with the fact that their mother killed their baby sibling but also the fact that she then committed suicide. The truth is, she was irresponsible. she shouldn’t of been drinking, she should have know where her baby was and she should never feed a baby while you’re drunk.

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Rose

Posted at 5:39 PM on July 11, 2012  

Its very sad that Adrien had to suffer this way, but its also sad that his mother felt the need to burn herself. She made a horrible mistake and by mistake meaning she didnt plan to kill her son.She was gonna have to deal with that for the rest of her life. Its sad that people say she deserve to die as well the way she did. Judging someone is by far the least we should do. I pray for her family and those of you that doesnt understand “god has a plan” for all of us. Trust that

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Michelle

Posted at 2:30 AM on July 11, 2012  

I dont feel sorry for that mother at all. Her child suffered a terrible death, and so did she. She got what she deserved, She was not a good mother at all to any of her children, So maybe now thats shes gone, they will be taken care of properly.

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Temi Fadayomi

Posted at 7:50 AM on July 12, 2012  

You have no right to say such things. I bet your one of the useless punks who thretand her. You don’t know so you can’t judge.

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Katie

Posted at 11:38 AM on July 13, 2012  

How can you Not judge that?? It’s not like she went to sleep with her kid and didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to, that would be one thing. She choose to drink and get Drunk. And Yeah, where was the father during all of this?? especially if she had a history of drinking, she deserves to be judged for what she did and she should have done what she did to herself

 
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guest

Posted at 1:42 PM on July 13, 2012  

Only God can judge her. No one is perfect and shame on Nancy Grace for ridiculing her. This is not the first time someone has killed themselves after being featured on her show. She needs to stop!!!! Their blood is on her hands

 
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FRIDA

Posted at 2:26 AM on July 18, 2012  

Shame on you you hateful witch.

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Meg

Posted at 1:55 AM on July 11, 2012  

She killed her baby by being an irresponsible mom. Nancy Grace didnt make her kill herself, her guilt did for being a failure as a parent.

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Kristina

Posted at 1:59 PM on July 11, 2012  

Where was the dad when all this was happening??

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guest

Posted at 1:43 PM on July 13, 2012  

Ya but Nanacy didnt help the situation either. Let he who has no sin cast the first stone!

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emily.

Posted at 9:56 PM on July 10, 2012  

That’s terrible…

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Amy

Posted at 6:43 PM on July 10, 2012  

That’s horrible. What happened is bad enough but now her other children are without their mother also. In my opinion she was remorseful and that is why she took the harsh words so strongly.

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dumas1000

Posted at 5:31 PM on July 10, 2012  

That is the second person that Nancy Grace has driven to suicide. Nancy is awesome, if you are a fan of the Devil.

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Sonoma

Posted at 6:57 PM on July 10, 2012  

Exactly. That Devil Woman-Nancy Grace repeats everything on her show that it becomes annoying to watch. So now thanks to the overwhelming comments from people like Nancy, this mom leaves behind more children.

SMH

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Katie

Posted at 11:39 AM on July 13, 2012  

people shouldnt be that stupid in the first place, so they deserve the ridicule they get

 
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