Mental Evaluation Postpones Arraignment For Mom Who Fatally Threw Son Off Parking Garage

SANTA ANA (CBS) — An arraignment scheduled for Thursday on a murder charge for the La Habra woman accused of throwing her 7-month-old baby from the fourth level of a parking structure at Children’s Hospital of Orange County was postponed until Monday.

Sonia Hermosillo, 31, has a medical hold on her for psychological evaluation, according to a court clerk.

Hermosillo is accused of taking a protective helmet off the boy — he was born with flat-head and twisted-neck syndrome — and intentionally dropping him to the pavement some 40 feet below Monday evening. The boy was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where he was taken off life support Wednesday morning.

Hermosillo is being held in isolation and under suicide watch in a jail medical ward and is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. She made a brief court appearance at the Central Jail in Santa Ana on Wednesday but did not enter a plea.

Her bail was set at $1 million but Hermosillo, who is believed to be an undocumented immigrant, is also subject to an immigration hold.

In addition to murder, Hermosillo is charged with assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death and faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Hermosillo’s husband, Noe Medina, told reporters at UC Irvine Medical Center Wednesday that his wife suffered from postpartum depression and had rejected the baby because of his medical condition.

Hermosillo could use postpartum depression as a defense. But Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons said Wednesday that her decision to remove the boy’s helmet indicated forethought.

A fund was established to help pay for the boy’s burial. The Wells Fargo account number is 1584897597.

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One Comment

  1. satnot says:

    Why don’t we put her on top of the garage ledge if she jumps she’s mentally unstable if she doesn’t she’s stable.

    1. cloudnine says:

      This is hilarious!!! I love the idea! It’s a win win situtation!!

  2. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    thus far what is the cost to taxpayers? somrthing we never hear about.

  3. Dr says:

    Here’s your mental evaluation:

    SHE’S F**KED UP!!!

  4. Astonished says:

    Obviously she has mental issues, possibly but not necessarily steming from her diagnosis of Postpartum Depression. However, to be declared criminally insane, she has to be shown that she can not distinquish right from wrong. There are three tests which can be administered to her to determine if she can be declared “legally insane.” Understand that there are a lot of insane people all over the world who could not claim an insanity plea, thus the tests. In California, getting someone declared criminally insane is extremely difficult. By law a person is not responsible for criminal conduct IF at the time of the conduct as a result of mental disease or defect he/she lacks SUBSTANTIAL capacity to appreciate the criminality of their conduct or to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law. Look it up in any legal dictionary.

    In this case, she showed, by her actions before and after, that she was aware that her actions were wrong by: 1. Removing her son’s protective helmet, and 2: Fleeing the scene. So I think her legal representative has a very long and difficult task ahead. Just because your mentally ill, doesn’t make you criminally insane under the law.

    I wonder if her lawyer will try the same defense Casey Antony’s did. It seems to be the trend these days. Always blame everyone but the criminal.

  5. SoBayMama says:

    This little boys condition does not affect the intellect. It just meant some physical therapy and additional support that can be done at home to outgrow or correct this. How can a mother “reject” her child for imperfection, especially one that is so likely to resolve with some effort? Mothers can and do take the efforts necessary for their children to survive and thrive.

    This woman is just a pitiful excuse for a human being. I don’t buy the “postpartum defense”.

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