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Mother of baby thrown from building 'showed no emotion'

August 24, 2011 |  7:29 am

Sonia Hermosillo and Noe Medina Jr.
A La Habra mother who allegedly threw her 7-month-old baby off a hospital parking garage was described as calm, stoic and showing no emotion after the incident.

The baby, Noe Medina Jr., was fighting for his life Wednesday at UC Irvine Medical Center.

When a patrol officer pulled over the tan SUV on Monday night in Orange, there was an empty child's seat in the back. The driver, Sonia Hermosillo, was cooperative and polite, said Orange police Sgt. Don Adams.

Hermosillo, 31, was booked at Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on one count of attempted murder and was being held without bail. She was confined alone in her cell and was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, county officials said.

At Children's Hospital of Orange County, where the incident occurred, staff members were beset with questions and sadness.

According to Adams, at least two people, including a doctor at the hospital, called 911 at 6:20 p.m. Monday to report that a baby had either fallen or been dropped from the side of the garage.

After paramedics whisked the baby away, police investigators scoured the garage and then looked at its surveillance video. The video showed a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by a woman, pulling out of the garage minutes after the incident.

Police said they believe they know Hermosillo's motive, but they declined to reveal it. She was not believed to have been involved in a domestic dispute or a custody battle, police said.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.


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-- Scott Gold and Abby Sewell

Photo: Sonia Hermosillo and Noe Medina Jr. Credit: Orange Police Department and Medina family.