Missing boy's mom found dead

Missing boy's mom found dead

There are 52 comments on the St. Petersburg Times story from Sep 9, 2006, titled Missing boy's mom found dead. In it, St. Petersburg Times reports that:

The mother of a missing toddler was found dead Friday at her grandparents' home, Leesburg police said.

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Junction City, KS

#1 Sep 9, 2006
it's a real tragedy that this gorgeous toddler remains missing. his mother refused to give details of where she and trenton had been on sunday prior to trenton's disappearance. she openly evaded crucial questions and refused to answer those posed to her on the "Nancy Grace" show, friday, sept. 8. now it's possible noone may ever know what truly happened to this poor child, since the mother has "probably more likely than not", committed suicide. why do parents refuse to allow their children to reside with the other parent, when they themselves don't want to take care of them. it's pure selfish. may God be with you, Josh, as you go through this extremely difficult time in your life. may you find peace and i pray you will find your son, alive and well. my thoughts and prayers are with you!! God Bless!!
avid crime follower

Enterprise, AL

#2 Sep 9, 2006
I'm afraid Nancy Grace pushed the mother too hard, she probably hung up, then went and shot herself. In the Susan Smith case, an older cop lent a sympathetic ear to coax Susan into confessing where her murdered children were. I think Mark Klaus susected that Nancy was pushing the mom too hard for details when he accused her of being "petty."
Sandra

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#3 Sep 9, 2006
I happened to watch "Nancy Gracy" on Friday. She had both the mother and the father of Trenton on her show. The father was more forth-coming and seemed to be cooperating fully. On the other hand, the mother seemed to be avoiding answering all the questions and couldn't seem to give a straight answer about anything. I am not one to jump to conclusions but it did strike me as a little odd. I just don't understand how a mother that has a missing two year old child wouldn't want to fully cooperate with Law Enforcement and provide them with each and every detail leading up to the incident? She wasn't even upset on the show or pleading for her son's safe return. Not to mention, she also said that she is only dealing with the FBI and the father stated that he is dealing with all the Law Enforcement officials. I don't feel like Nancy Grace was too hard on her. In fact, I feel like Nancy Grace also sensed something wasn't right with her story. Apparently the parents had issues long before this. If neither of them had anything to do with it, then you would think they would come together at a time like this. I personally believe that she knows exactly what happened to her son and after two weeks of questioning, she knew people were doubting her. Why else would she take her life? She seemed more angered by the fact that people didn't seem to believe her story. She killed herself because she knew the police were closing in on her. Why would she want to kill herself at her grandparent's house? She didn't even stop to think how that would make them feel having to find their grandaughter dead at their house. She seemed heartless and selfish. I just feel bad for that little boy and what he probably had to go through himself. She's guilty and didn't know of any other way out of the mess she created for herself. Just my opinion...
Grandma Paris TN

Sweetwater, TN

#4 Sep 10, 2006
Can't blame Nancy Grace for Trenton mother's death. It was so evident during Nancy Grace's show that the mother was not as concerned about her child's abduction as she was making sure everyone knew she was working with the FBI and not the local law enforcement and that the father was not in "the loop". I have no idea exactly how someone should act after their childs' abduction. But, the mother seem to calm to me during the interview. Sad that she probably committed suicide because she was afraid she was caught and not because she missed her son and didn't feel she could live without him.
Lisa NJ

San Jose, CA

#6 Sep 10, 2006
I'm guessing the mother had a drug problem and "sold" Trenton for money.
Mother South Carolina

Greer, SC

#7 Sep 10, 2006
Sandra wrote:
I happened to watch "Nancy Gracy" on Friday. She had both the mother and the father of Trenton on her show. The father was more forth-coming and seemed to be cooperating fully. On the other hand, the mother seemed to be avoiding answering all the questions and couldn't seem to give a straight answer about anything. I am not one to jump to conclusions but it did strike me as a little odd. I just don't understand how a mother that has a missing two year old child wouldn't want to fully cooperate with Law Enforcement and provide them with each and every detail leading up to the incident? She wasn't even upset on the show or pleading for her son's safe return. Not to mention, she also said that she is only dealing with the FBI and the father stated that he is dealing with all the Law Enforcement officials. I don't feel like Nancy Grace was too hard on her. In fact, I feel like Nancy Grace also sensed something wasn't right with her story. Apparently the parents had issues long before this. If neither of them had anything to do with it, then you would think they would come together at a time like this. I personally believe that she knows exactly what happened to her son and after two weeks of questioning, she knew people were doubting her. Why else would she take her life? She seemed more angered by the fact that people didn't seem to believe her story. She killed herself because she knew the police were closing in on her. Why would she want to kill herself at her grandparent's house? She didn't even stop to think how that would make them feel having to find their grandaughter dead at their house. She seemed heartless and selfish. I just feel bad for that little boy and what he probably had to go through himself. She's guilty and didn't know of any other way out of the mess she created for herself. Just my opinion...
I totally agree, Nancy Grace DID NOT push this young mother to kill herself.... she was backed in a corner and saw no way out. I really feel she is responsible for her sons disappearance and when she started realizing there were too many holes in her stories and people were on to her, SHE decided to end her life instead of facing the music. My heart goes out to the little boy and the family, i pray there will be a happy ending to a very sad story. I can tell you the mother seemed way to distant and calm to have a son taken from his crib by a stranger. Her behavior was fasr from normal.
Mother South Carolina

Greer, SC

#8 Sep 10, 2006
avid crime follower wrote:
I'm afraid Nancy Grace pushed the mother too hard, she probably hung up, then went and shot herself. In the Susan Smith case, an older cop lent a sympathetic ear to coax Susan into confessing where her murdered children were. I think Mark Klaus susected that Nancy was pushing the mom too hard for details when he accused her of being "petty."
Nancy Grace did a great job as usual, the mother of this child made her decision because she was at the end of a dead end road and felt like she had no other choice..
avid crime follower

Enterprise, AL

#9 Sep 10, 2006
I'm not saying Nancy Grace made the mother kill herself. It is clear to everyone that the mother had a hand in the child's disappearance, but backing her into a corner precludes finding out where the child is, dead or alive. Once again, I cite the Susan Smith case. Everyone knew she killed her sons also, but the FBI suggested a father figure for Susan to confide in, and eventually she confessed to him that the children were at the bottom of the lake. Without that tactic the children would likely never have been found, as the lake had already been searched. I'm sure we'll all be watching Nancy Grace Monday night!
Sandra

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#10 Sep 10, 2006
avid crime follower wrote:
I'm not saying Nancy Grace made the mother kill herself. It is clear to everyone that the mother had a hand in the child's disappearance, but backing her into a corner precludes finding out where the child is, dead or alive. Once again, I cite the Susan Smith case. Everyone knew she killed her sons also, but the FBI suggested a father figure for Susan to confide in, and eventually she confessed to him that the children were at the bottom of the lake. Without that tactic the children would likely never have been found, as the lake had already been searched. I'm sure we'll all be watching Nancy Grace Monday night!
You are right about that! I haven't seen very much coverage on this story as I have with so many others. I hope the mother hid the little boy with a friend or family member and that she didn't do anything horrific. I can only assume the worse otherwise she probably wouldn't have killed herself. I only say that because it wouldn't make as much sense for her to kill herself if the boy is just being hid. I hope for the best but already expect the worse. It's apparent to me that Melinda seemed very troubled. Without knowing anything about her, my impression is that she was consumed with drama in her life. Perhaps she just wanted the attention or flipped out? I just hope more facts come out and we will all know what really happened instead of making our own assumptions. It's so hard not too though...
janet

AOL

#11 Sep 10, 2006
Still praying for you Josh , that GOd will give you the strength to carry on and you will be able to find your son.
Sandra

AOL

#12 Sep 10, 2006
You know, I read that Josh has a relative in prison and that a note was sent to Melinda in June or July with a death threat from that relative in prison. It makes me wonder if maybe there is even more to this story than we think? Perhaps this "relative" had something to do with Trenton coming up missing? Maybe Josh spoke of his problems he was having with Melinda? There are so many "if's" and that makes it hard to understand. I would like to hear any new developments and more facts about this story. I still hope Trenton is alive and well. If Josh or a relative had anything at all to do with this, I am sure it will eventually come out.
Apri

Washington, DC

#13 Sep 10, 2006
This is such a sad case. I cry everytime I see this baby's sweet face. I pray he is brought home. I really hope anyone with any information comes forward.
Patti Orlando

United States

#14 Sep 10, 2006
First I would like to state that I have a 2 yr old grandson that I love so much. If he were missing, the whole world would know our despair. It would be unbearable! Trenton is so cute and sweet. I noticed so many of his pictures he was not smiling. Has anyone checked if she was an abusive parent? He didn't look happy and that breaks my heart. Nancy Grace may have been tough, but you could see the frustration in her as she begged Melinda for answers! Nancy was in tears. I personally have cried a lot for Trenton and have begged God for his safe return. But when Melinda killed herself all I could think of was she would not done that if there was any hope at all he was alive. She may have known he was not. I just hate to think where this precious little guy is now. My heart is broken....
Della Kentucky

Osage Beach, MO

#15 Sep 11, 2006
I am a parent of a murdered child and this lady was to hus hush on where she was it told me when she was on Nancy Grace she was hiding something. I would say she killed that baby and she could not live with the guilt. I would not kill my self until my child was found. Which Thank god for being here with me becaue I have a grand child to raise. I hope they find him so his Dad can have closer to all this. God bless his little heart.
Bobbie Lexington KY

Finchville, KY

#16 Sep 11, 2006
avid crime follower wrote:
I'm afraid Nancy Grace pushed the mother too hard, she probably hung up, then went and shot herself. In the Susan Smith case, an older cop lent a sympathetic ear to coax Susan into confessing where her murdered children were. I think Mark Klaus susected that Nancy was pushing the mom too hard for details when he accused her of being "petty."
IF she hadn't took her own life , she wouldn't have told anything about the whereabouts of her child. and all I got to say about SUSAN SMITH is, she needed to be strapped in a car, shot in both legs and pushed into a river while all you sympathetic people watched! YES THIS WOMAN KILLED HER OWN CHILD!!!!!
Piney Woods

Lynn Haven, FL

#17 Sep 11, 2006
I saw the Nancy Grace show; it was nothing short of an ambush. She softened up the Trenton's mother with some sympathetic sounding stuff, then savagely lit into her. Is it Nancy Grace's job to act as a prosecutor on a tv show, grilling people as if they were criminals? She is quick to label someone "guilty", and has gotten a long ride on being a "victim" of a crime. Her boyfriend was shot many years ago by a retarded boy whom he knew; Nancy portrays it as if it were something else entirely, although what actually happened was bad enough. The mother of Trenton may have done something to her baby; I'll wait to see what the evidence shows. Trying and convicting her on tv is too dangerous, in a lot of ways. I used to like Nancy, but she's gotten so smirky and snarky, I don't think I want to watch her again, especially after last week's show.
christy

Alexandria, VA

#18 Sep 11, 2006
I do not care how hard someone PUSHED me or how savagely they spoke to me if I had done nothing to my missing child I would not go and shoot myself. I can understand being overcome with grief, but if she had nothing to do with his disappearance she would have waited to see if he would be safely returned. She would not even answer the question of what store they went to while "shopping" and if I had a missing child I would be yelling at the top of my lungs every last detail of the last day I had spent with him. I would do anything within my power to aid in finding my child. I think the mom did something to him and she killed herself out of guilt not grief.
bje

Altamonte Springs, FL

#19 Sep 11, 2006
my family and i live about 30 min from where all this took place. I to have a 2 year old little boy who is only 1 month older then trenton. Every time i look at him i see Trenton's face. How could any one do something to harm such an innocent baby? Whatever the outcome we need to keep both families in prayer.
none

Kissimmee, FL

#20 Sep 11, 2006
I live no more than ten miles from leesburg. (I live in Tavares, but my provider is in Lady Lake). I just heard this morning that the mother killed herself. It was a shcok to me. o.o Imo she had something to do with the child's disappearance.
Crying

Orlando, FL

#21 Sep 11, 2006
What a coward Melinda was.
I am no fan of Susan Smith, but at least she told where those babies were so they could be buried and mourned.

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