Woman Who Smothered Her Baby to Death After Drinking Vodka Sets Herself on Fire
A woman accused of killing her son after she rolled on him in her sleep has died.
Toni Medrano, 29, of Cottage Grove, Minn., died Saturday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after she was hospitalized after setting herself on fire.Medrano allegedly set herself on fire in her mother’s backyard on July 2. Police said she was “despondent and suicidal over personal issues.”
Medrano was charged last month with two counts of manslaughter in the death of her son, Adrian Alexander Medrano, who was born Nov. 1. The infant died of asphyxia Nov. 22 after authorities say that Medrano had been drinking before falling asleep on him.
Medrano’s suicide comes less than one month after she was blasted as a horrible mother on a segment of the “Nancy Grace” show The woman was publicly ridiculed and was dubbed “Vodka Mom.”
During the segment, Nancy Grace demonstrated the number of drinks in a fifth of vodka. She also reported that Medrano had several DUIs and a heavy drinking problem.
Medrano admitted to drinking a fifth of vodka in the hours before her son died, according to the criminal complaint. A preliminary blood alcohol concentration test administered by police recorded Medrano at 0.11 grams per decliter. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.