Cottage Grove mother of smothered infant sets self on fire

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A 29-year-old Cottage Grove woman set herself ablaze and died Saturday, just several weeks after being scorned on national television for unintentionally smothering her infant son, said the Pioneer Press.

Tori Medrano, charged with two counts of manslaughter for falling asleep on top of and asphyxiating her infant son while intoxicated, died at St. Paul's Regions Hospital after lighting herself on fire in her mother's backyard, said the Star Tribune.

In June, Medrano was featured on HLN's "Nancy Grace" and dubbed the "vodka mom" following the incident, said the Pioneer Press.

St. Paul Police Chief Michael Monahan said Medrano was "despondent and suicidal over personal issues," in reference to her pre-suicide mindset, said the Star Tribune.

According to the Pioneer Press, Medrano is not the first person to kill herself following an appearance on "Nancy Grace", as a Florida woman killed herself in 2006 after being featured on the show.

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