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An Emotional Lawsuit Against Nancy Grace Dropped

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This is actually a really awful story.

Four years ago, a two-year-old boy went missing in Florida and his mother, Melinda Duckett, appeared on Nancy Grace's HLN show for help. Problem was, Nancy wouldn't hold back from holding the mother accountable for not watching her child and the interview made headlines the next day when the woman committed suicide. Then two months later, Duckett’s family came forward and sued Grace and CNN for causing emotional distress.

But this afternoon, the family has decided to put the whole matter behind them. A statement was put out by the Duckett's lawyer, stating:

“The parties have resolved their differences and dismissal papers were filed with the federal court in Ocala…The parties now agree that Nancy Grace, the producers of her program, and CNN engaged in no intentional wrongdoing in the course of dedicating a program to finding the missing toddler."

A CNN spokesperson added that they were "pleased" that the case had finally been dismissed, but there has been no comment from Nancy.

The saddest part of the story: the toddler, who'd be 6-years-old now, has never been found.

So sad!

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34 comments to “An Emotional Lawsuit Against Nancy Grace Dropped”

  1. 1

    i only know about this story because what has been written in this article and if it is factual then well done on them for dedicating a show to the missing child but yes they are responsible for emotional distress and they prob had a doing in the mothers suicide.

  2. 2

    Nancy Grace is a reckless disgusting human being!! She does not think twice about convicting people on her show and assumes that anyone the police question or investigate must be guilty. She also looks evil!!

  3. 3

    What Nancy Grace did was wrong. I am sure she paid the family handsomely to drop the case. Thing is, Grace has NOT learned her lesson. She will though.

  4. 4

    I'm sure this wasn't just Nancy Grace's fault, the woman obviously had guilt about losing her child because she new it was partially her fault, if not fully.

    It is sad about the little boy though.

  5. 5

    Nancy Grace is a monster with a capital M.

  6. 6

    This woman is an absolute disgrace. What Nancy did to that woman (and the Duke lacrosse players amongst others) is unforgivable. She should have been fired a long time ago. She makes Jerry Springer look classy. She should be added to the list of bullies.

  7. 7

    that is one of the saddest stories : ( i feel so bad…

  8. 8

    Really sad!

  9. 9

    I don't like Nancy Grace, and I don't like her interview style, but there was definitely something fishy about the Melinda Duckett interview. She was hiding something about the disappearance of her son.

  10. 10

    Although it wasn't mentioned, there is no way that cash didn't exchange hands. Nancy Grace is a terror. I can picture her dragging that worry-stricken mother over the coals. How is what Nancy Grace did to that woman any different from the recent bullying that led to teenage suicides?

  11. 11

    If someone commits suicide, they are giving total weight to their own feelings, and ignoring the feelings of people who love them. It is a selfish act, and Nancy Grace had NOTHING to do with it!

  12. 12

    Doesn't change the fact that Nancy Grace is an asshole

  13. 13

    This woman is pure trash

  14. Sgirl says – reply to this


    There is a lot more to this story than what you are reporting here. You should gather your facts prior to printing anything on a subject as sensitive as this one. First of all, the girl most likely murdered her son. She threw all of his things away within a few days of him "going missing" including photos of the little boy. She would not cooperate in the investigation. Her cell phone was pinged in a very remote area, an area which she claims she was not in. She left a suicide note for her grandparents saying she was sorry. The investigation in this matter showed no forced entry into her home. The child was supposedly taken from his room and according to her the screen in his bedroom window was cut. The investigation shows that the screen was cut from the inside of the house, not the outside, to make it look like someone broke in. This is a tragic story with very tragic consequences. No mother in her right mind would commit suicide over anything anyone said that was not true especially within days of her son going missing. Don't you think a decent mother would do all she could to find her son and would stop at nothing to get him back? Nancy Grace does a lot to help missiing children, to solve crimes and to get answers. You should be careful what you write about others Perez, because you have no idea here.

  15. 15

    Sorry but have to disagree, I live in Central Florida and there was mounting evidence against this woman that she was involved and holding back information from the police about her sons disappearance.

  16. 16

    Good. I believe Nancy Grace and CNN had no wrong doing in this! What Nancy Grace was telling that mother was true!!! Mothers have to be more careful with their kids! So I don't think it was nancy's or CNN's fault that she commit suicide

  17. 17

    nancy grace is a bully but after reading comments about people that knew more about this case then it seems shes not at fault for the mother commiting suicide, but if the mother didnt have anything to do with the boy being missing then it wouldnt of helpd to have been going on a show to find help and then to jst be berated.

  18. 18

    Re: GothamGirl
    It's selfish for people to expect someone to not commit suicide just to spare their feelings.

  19. 19

    Nancy Grace should hang her head in shame for the rest of her life. That is the LAST thing that woman needed! Nancy is absolutely culpable in the woman's suicide.

  20. 20

    Re: Sgirl – I always thought that mother had something to do with her son's disappearance.She was very evasive.That being said,NG is a banshee.

  21. 21

    Melinda knew she was going to get caught, she rather die than go to prison. It's unfortunate we will never get the truth to this story.

  22. 22

    The little boy's father and his family believe the mother had something to do with his disappearance. She killed herself because she knew the law was going to prove it. This mother had thrown all the boy's toys in the trash BEFORE she reported him missing.

  23. 23

    Re: GothamGirl – AND she did it in her grandparents closet knowing they had gone to pick up food for her and them. They come home and find a note from her, $600 in cash and her dead body in their closet. How cruel is that to your grandparents.

  24. 24

    Nancy Grace is a cold-hearted, bloodsucking attention whore bitch, and wanybody watches her screaming bitch show or listens to the slander emenating from her ugly face is completely beyond me. For God's Sakes, somebody…fire her.

  25. 25

    Ummm. I think the Mom was the #1 suspect in this case. I don't think it was NG fault really.

  26. 26

    Either way, she's a pretty disgusting human being to be so insensitive to people like that mother

  27. 27

    if there is a god nancy grace will die a horrible slow death.

    she is a monster that i hope dies a slow death having to listen to her convicting people on her wanting ratings

  28. 28

    Sometimes when I am hard up I watch Nancy Grace. Usually if there is some murder or disappearance that I want to get the scoop on. Law & Order SVU did a story that was supposed to be a bit like what happened in this case too, but of course the woman was innocent. I have no idea if this woman was innocent or not as I did not follow this case at all, but sometimes I know Nancy has no respect for the lawyers she has on. I do think she should treat people with more respect. If I had anything to say I would never go on her damn show. She is too much of a bitch.

  29. 29

    I used to watch Nancy Grace because she was a forceful and intelligent interviewer. Now it is all sensational. I think she was wrong to harrase the lady that killed herself. Let the police do the investigation. I think that if NG had not been such a horrible person, pushing and pretty well acusing the mother of murder,the police would have caught up with the mother shortly and justice would have prevailed. Also, I am kind of horrified when she does her shout outs to "all the little crime solvers" that are sitting there watching these terrible shows about children being murdered with their mothers who write in "I never miss a show". I'm sure NG would not let her six or seven year old watch her show. Sensational and sickening and I am out.

  30. 30

    Re: Superhot – Her accent is a so irritating as well.

  31. 31

    Nancy GRace is a bitch and maddog. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about this woman. I feel sorry for her kids.

  32. tasha says – reply to this


    The kid hasn't been found because the Mother killed him. Why do you think she killed herself after Nancy confronted her. Sorry but if your going on Nancy Grace when you are the prime suspect you ought to know she's not going to be nice to you. She's speaking for the dead boy.

  33. 33

    nancy is not what i would consider a real journalist…more a color commentator as she is unable to report facts without lacing them with her own striden personal opinions and assumptions about the story.

    if any of you saw the episode with Ms. Duckett you'd realize Nancy insinuated the woman made the boy disappear (and possible kiled him) herself. Nancy didn't just blame her for not keeping an eye on her kid, she pretty much accusing her of murdering her own baby on national television. it was pretty brutal. nancy is scary, i'd never go on her show LOL

  34. 34

    Re: lunarosa – I agree with all you said. I, too, used to watch the show but got burned out with "BOMBSHELL!" She shouts that word out repeatedly throughout the show when there is actually nothing new in a case, just rehashing points to a story. I quit watching the show permanently when she was covering the Hailey Cummings case and interviewed the biological mother on the air. This was a totally innocent woman, a victim herself. I believe she gave birth to Hailey as a very young teen. The older Ronald Cummings took Hailey from her bio mom. Nancy tore this poor mother apart in that on-air interview for not fighting harder to get custody of her daughter years earlier, long before Hailey disappeared. This had NOTHING to do with the case and I intensely disliked Nancy Grace for this very mean "interview."