The phrase "media frenzy" sounds too cliche to characterize the rampage. The word "zoo" came to mind, but the comparison would have been unkind to the animals. The case had become a case itself. Why the mad obsession with the "tot mom" who was alleged to have killed her child?
In the United States, parents kill their children with great frequency. In addition to the 4000 children killed every day in the womb, another 584 children under the age of 5 are reported murdered annually, mostly by their parents. According to the Bureau of Justice, 31% are killed by their fathers, 29% killed by their mothers, 23% are killed by male acquaintances, 7% killed by another relative, and 3% killed by a stranger.