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Baby dropped from parking structure: Father defends wife

Photo: Noe Medina, the father of Noe Medina Jr., speaks to reporters during a press conference at UCI Medical Center in Orange on Wednesday. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times The father of a baby boy who died Wednesday after his mother allegedly threw him from the top of a parking garage spoke in his wife's defense, saying mental illness was responsible.

"She didn't do it on purpose. She didn't know what she was doing," Noe Medina said, with tears in his eyes. He spoke through an interpreter during a news conference on the grounds of UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where his 7-month-old son died.

His wife of 13 years, Sonia Hermosillo, 31, is charged with murder in the death of their son, Noe Jr. Prosecutors say Hermosillo deliberately dropped the baby Monday evening from the roof of the four-story garage at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. 

Medina's uncle, Martin Mena, said Hermosillo had been under medical care for mental health issues, including postpartum depression.

Neighbors have said the child had a birth defect. Prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday that the boy suffered from a medical condition that required him to wear a helmet and had been a patient at CHOC. Medina did not address his son's medical issues.

Hermosillo was being held in a jail medical ward and was undergoing psychiatric evaluation Wednesday. She has also been placed under an immigration hold. She is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Medina and Hermosillo, who live in La Habra, have two young daughters as well.

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-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Orange County

Photo: Noe Medina, the father of Noe Medina Jr., speaks to reporters during a news conference at UCI Medical Center in Orange on Wednesday. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

 
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