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Woman accused of killing infant son due in court

A woman accused of dropping her 7-month-old son from the fourth floor of a parking structure is due Wednesday in an Orange County courtroom.

Sonia Hermosillo, who has been charged with child assault and murder in the 2011 death of her son, is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, her attorney, Jacqueline Goodman, told The Times last month. 

A judge found Hermosillo competent to stand trial last year. Goodman said last month that Hermosillo, who she said suffers from "postpartum psychosis," remains “blissfully unaware of the fact that her infant son is dead.”

“She is confused,” Goodman said.

Hermosillo drove to Children’s Hospital of Orange County on Aug. 22, 2011, and parked her car on the fourth floor of a parking structure, according to prosecutors.

She is accused of removing a safety helmet her son wore for medical purposes and dropping the baby from the parking garage. She reportedly went inside the hospital and validated her parking ticket after the incident. The baby died two days later.

If convicted, Hermosillo faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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-- Nicole Santa Cruz

 
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