Mom accused of pushing baby from garage held in psychiatric ward
A woman accused of pushing her 7-month-old baby boy from the roof of a parking garage is being housed in a solitary cell in the psychiatric ward of the Orange County jail, and is wearing a protective gown to prevent her from harming herself, sheriff's officials said.
Sonia Hermosillo, 31, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning on a murder charge in Santa Ana, authorities said. She is alleged to have deliberately pushed the baby Monday evening from the roof of the four-story garage at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where the child was being treated, investigators said.
Because of a medical condition, the child had to wear a protective helmet, which Hermosillo allegedly removed. The child landed on the cement below.
Hermosillo was later arrested without incident. She has also been placed on an immigration hold.
The baby’s father, Noe Medina, already has spoken in defense of his wife of 13 years, saying that mental illness was responsible for her actions that resulted in the death of Noe Jr.
"She didn't do it on purpose. She didn't know what she was doing," Medina said, with tears in his eyes. He spoke through an interpreter during a news conference Wednesday on the grounds of UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where his son died after lingering for several hours in extremely critical condition.
Medina's uncle, Martin Mena, said Hermosillo had been under medical care for mental health issues, including postpartum depression.
Medina and Hermosillo, who live in La Habra, have two young daughters as well.
-- Howard Blume
Photo: Sonia Hermosillo. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department