This just in from our friends at The Sky 97.3 – Jan Barrett

CNN talk show host Nancy Grace has reached a settlement with the estate of Melinda Duckett to create a $200,000 trust dedicated to locating Duckett’s missing toddler,Trenton.

The settlement, which still must be approved by a federal judge in Ocala, was outlined in a joint petition filed with the court Friday, a month before the start of a scheduled jury trial.

CNN has agreed to create the Trenton John Duckett Irrevocable Trust for the purpose of finding the missing toddler, who disappeared from his Leesburg home on Aug. 27, 2006 at the age of two.

If Trenton is found alive before he turns 13, the remaining proceeds in the trust will be administered by a trustee until the boy turns 18 and funds are transferred for his use.

According to the agreement, the funds will be immediately transferred to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children if Trenton is not found by his 13th birthday, or if he is found but is not alive.

Trenton’s mother, Melinda Duckett, appeared on Nancy Grace’s TV show on CNN days after her son disappeared. Shortly after the interview, in which Grace aggressively questioned the 20-year-old mother, Duckett killed herself with a shotgun at her grandparents’ home in The Villages.

Her family sued CNN and Nancy Grace in a wrongful death lawsuit that has now been pending for four years.

Pending approval of the settlement, Duckett’s estate has agreed to dismiss the charges.

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