The family of Toni Medrano is pointing a finger at "The Nancy Grace Show" as the driving force in her decision to commit suicide. Grace called Medrano "Vodka Mom" on the show last month. Medrano passed out on the couch after heavy drinking suffocating her 3-week-old child beneath her. Two counts of second-degree manslaughter were pending. The family contends after watching the June 11 episode, Medrano became shaken and depressed. "She was trying to build and get by and live with what happened," Medrano's mother, Yvonne Hill said. "When she saw that, it broke her spirit in the worst way."
What led this woman to commit suicide? Was it the lost of a child or the public response to her story? Nancy Grace is known for her hard stance against alleged offenders. Negligence leads directly to the infant's death. Being called "Vodka Mom" on this program was more upsetting than the death of her infant son. It is unclear whether the family wants to gain financially. In 2006 the family of Melinda Duckett sued the network blaming her suicide as result of appearing on the show. Duckett was the prime suspect in her son's disappearance.
There are two sides to every case. The defense and prosecutor show the same facts in different light. News show commentators such as Nancy Grace tell one view-point. The commentator is not responsible for public opinion. The internet provides countless avenues of obtaining information, alleged or factual. Public opinion is quickly drawn and posted through blogs, tweets and other social media. Unfavorable public opinion does not equate to cyber bullying.