Media Pressure Cited in Suicide of Missing FL Boy’s Mother


As police dogs searched the Ocala National Forest in Florida for a missing 2-year-old boy, a television host was defending herself against allegations that her close questioning of the child’s mother played a role in her suicide last Friday. Trenton Duckett disappeared from his bed in Leesburg, Fla., on Aug. 27, and his mother Melinda Duckett killed herself Friday. Although she has not been publicly labeled a suspect, Duckett has been scrutinized as possibly playing a role in the disappearance, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The missing child was the latest cause taken up by ex-prosecutor and national talk-show host Nancy Grace, who frequently uses her cable forum to draw attention to abduction cases. But the Headline News host found herself part of the story after grilling the boy’s mother in a televised interview. The day after the interview, Melinda Duckett killed herself. “I do not feel our show is to blame for what happened to Melinda Duckett,” Grace said on the air. But Melinda Duckett’s family says the publicity about her missing son’s case added to her stress.


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