A mom kills her baby after rolling onto him while passing out after drinking a fifth of vodka.
Toni Medrano, 29-years old of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has been charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in the November 22, 2011 death of her 3-week-old son, Adrian.
When Toni Medrano came home that day, she already consumed an entire fifth of vodka. She went to sleep on the couch with the baby between her and the back cushion. Her husband, Jason came home around 2:00 a.m. and had warned his wife that she could suffocate the baby if she slept on the couch with him. At around 3:00 a.m. she got up from the couch to get formula to feed the baby, Adrian. She then went back to sleep on the couch.
The father tells police that she had spent the weekend drinking and is a heavy sleeper. Toni Medrano has a history of DWI’s, two of which are within a month of each other.
Toni Medrano woke up numerous times that morning, sending her other children off to school, all without getting up off the couch. When she woke up at 10:30 a.m. she realized that baby Adrian wasn’t breathing and was cold and purple. She then screamed to Jason, “The baby is dead!”
Jason Medrano called 911 and tried to revive the baby, but didn’t succeed in doing so. Baby Adrian was pronounced dead upon arrival at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office listed the official cause of death as “asphyxia due to being laid upon while sleeping with an adult.”
Toni Medrano was tested and found to have 0.11 blood alcohol content level at 11:00 a.m. that morning.
If convicted of the charges, she could face up to 10 years in prison.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said, “Irrespective of the ultimate outcome in this matter, I hope that valuable lessons can be learned from these very tragic circumstances.”
Mom Kills Baby
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