Woman Who Smothered Her Baby to Death After Drinking Vodka Sets Herself on Fire

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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.




  1. Pachonette H.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Wow, I guess she figured she was going to hell anyway, so why not speed up the process, smh!!! How horrible…

    • mz

      July 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      You don’t have a Heaven or hell to put anyone in so STFU!

    • BigWill

      July 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Truly sad.

      • BigWill

        July 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        HIV is synthetic. It has been developed over a number of years and it has an affinity for people of color. What the science and medical evidence concludes is that the HIV enzyme seeks out a receptor site in the blood of the Black genome. The receptor site is the CCR5 Delta 32+ (positive) gene that all people of color have. In the same sense, on the other end of the spectrum, is the 15 percent Caucasian population of the world, which is CCR5 Delta 32-(negative) gene. That means that under no circumstances, whether HIV came through the air, intravenous drug usage or any form of sexual activity, would the virus be transferable in Caucasian sector of the world’s population, which is basically of northern European descent.

        I is speculated by some experts that, in a worse case scenario, 85 percent of the world’s population could potentially perish under these designer viruses and designer synthetic biological agents. What we’re looking at here—because of this identified gene of the Black genome, this CCR5 Delta32+ (positive)—we are potentially looking at the eradication of all people of color.The bible states “My people perish for lack of knowledge. The true devil doesn’t wear red tights, a cape with horns protruding from his forehead instead, the devil incarnate are diabolical Caucasian scientist (men and women) in white lab coats.

        • hamza

          July 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

          BigWill, sounds like you hit the nail on the head. The illimination of 85% of the world’s population is a part of the esoteric agenda, including using food as a weapon (high fat, cholesterol laden, GMF’s), and allowing preventable diseases to flourish.

  2. Jacqueline

    July 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Heaven help me!!! It seem like everyday I’m hearing or reading about some young mother killing their children. I don’t think she meant to harm the child. I guess the guilt was just too much.

  3. wealthylady

    July 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    where are the praying grandmother, mothers, aunties & sisters we used to have?

    • Praying Grandmother

      July 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      we are still praying every second, minute, hour, day, week, weekend, month, year and season. We are human and everybody needs prayer.

      • Polly

        July 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Thank you, and I am a praying Grandmother also. God bless her family.

    • Nita

      July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Still praying but the level of deprivity requires that moms and dads at least have a degree of responsibility, which many in this generation do not.

      • Linda

        July 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Nita, that is the truth, plain and simple.

      • radiah

        July 13, 2012 at 1:32 am


    • GG

      July 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      We are still here but YOUNG ppl make theirr own paths extra hard when you don’t listen to wisdom. The bible says to get wisdom so that your paths will be made clear. Also please stop following after the drug culture, music culture out hear, This stuff is designed to break and destroy you; break up the family. etc. letting you think its ok to sleep around with different men and woman; having babies that you don’t want or ill equipped to raise like this young woman. After that CRACK period we went through in the 80’s, its been hell for so many. So many families have been destroyed!! THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE.

  4. Mama Tee

    July 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. She obviously had other deep rooted issues that no one knew about. We are too quick to judge. Besides, we don’t know what God has planned for her. I wish her family well.

  5. jacqueline

    July 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    It is all so sad,

  6. mz

    July 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Nancy Grace is a beoytch

    • VoiceOf Truth

      July 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      She’s a witch in the spirit of witchcraft for sure. This is her 2nd suicide victim. I really don’t see the value in her show, and what people get out of it. She’s the ultimate lover of money and she’s only sensationalizing tragedies like this so she can feed her greed!

    • Carol

      July 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      This is very sad indeed. This mother did not intentially kill this child. It is sad that NO ONE NOTICED that she had this problem to the point of reaching out to help her.
      NANCY GRACE!!!! YOU outta feel REALLY bad over this. While I like you…at times you really need to tHINK of what you are saying, and to whom. She was obviously not a Casey Anthony. This woman loved her child. His death tormented her. Casey Anthony….TOTALLY different !!!!

      • radiah

        July 13, 2012 at 1:38 am

        Nancy Grace isn’t the problem, where was this girl’s. support system? Where was the baby’s daddy? Who sat and watched this nightmare happen? It’s time for accountability of ones self.

    • Joe

      July 11, 2012 at 3:24 am

      LOL – yep.

    • Summmer Breeze

      September 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you! My thoughts exactly….. She goes on T.V. and makes a show of this tragedy…. Wow…. They let these people do anything for ratings… Imagine her guilt and pain for killing her baby!!! And, I bet Nancy will not even give a second thought in her twit head about it…..

  7. Patricia Ford

    July 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Prays for Ms Medrano, clearly she had problems. However when will Nancy Grace shut her mouth. This is not the first person who committed suicide after a segment on her show. Not surprise she was fired from the show Swift Justice.

  8. Believer

    July 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Sorry for the tragedy of mom & child. Nancy Grace needs to check herself. She is nothing but a big mouth bully!

    • Carol

      July 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm


  9. Taritaritari5

    July 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    We must pray for her not prey on her.

    Everyone has made some mistake in their life.

    “Let he who is without sin, cast the 1st stone”.

    Stop being this Nasty Grave person, oh Nancy Grace!

    None of you can!

    • VoiceOf Truth

      July 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm


  10. Sheila Rene Spencer

    July 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. Hope she gets to see him in the after life.

  11. Cheryl Ricketts

    July 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

    We as a people; are too quick to give a response without first; praying. I am sure she didn’t intend to harm her son in anyway in spite of being high from high intake of Vodka. It appears she had some other emotional issues and someone should have noticed this and tried to get this woman some help before it lead to this. God is the only true and righteous judge and I am so glad He will be the one judging me. We do not have a heaven or a hell to put anyone in. We should ask God for wisdom and keep our hearts pure (clean) so when the Lord looks inside He will not find a bunch of nasty junk “sin” within us. I am reminded what the Bible says in regards to man (male & female) look at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart of man (male & female) The heart does matter. Our land needs a healing. Read 2 Chron. 7:14 and God will heal the land.

  12. Dawn Morris

    July 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Ms.Ricketts u r so right we need healing in the land all over the world if my people who are called by my name will humbled themselves, pray, seek my face turn from their wicked ways then will I here from Heaven I will forgive their sins and heal their land. Amen!!!!!!!!!! the land need healing.

  13. V

    July 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    BIG WILL u said a mouth full OOOOoooooweeeeee………..BAM!!!


    July 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm


  15. Chris

    July 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm


  16. Chris

    July 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm


  17. Phyllis

    July 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I am truly sorry for the tragic events in this young lady’s life. No one deserves to be ridiculed and talked about after something so unbearable happens (ie: the loss of a child.) This girl seems to have already been going thru hell, if she drank a whole 5th of Vodka, or had a “Drinking Issue”, as NG so eloquently put it. I am sure she had no intentions of killing her baby. As a Grandmother, all I can say is, sometimes, these young people have grandmoms that are almost as young as they are, so they have no one to guide them, pray for them, or try and show them a better way of life. They have NEVER been given any kind of religious background to give them some kind of stamina, or something to believe in, other than the pain they go thru, which gives them a negative reality. I pray that our Black young women will began to respect themselves more, stop allowing ANYBODY to tear them down, or succumb to failure. They need to learn, when they fall down, they CAN get up, no matter what the issue is!!…Nancy Grace is an overblown white woman, with an evil mind and mouth…Someday, she’ll not be able to open it..

  18. Sunny

    July 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Wow, do much bad news everywhere. The devil has certainly infiltrated our families. We have to get back to believing that God is our only saving grace and that “THE DEVIL IS A LIAR” and so is rap music.

  19. Sunny

    July 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I meant to say too much bad news everywhere.

  20. paula

    September 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    This a sad situation, this poor girl needed someone to reach out to her. She just couldn’t live through the guilt. May God please have your arms around her family.

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