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Baby dropped from parking structure dies [Updated]

August 24, 2011 |  2:11 pm

Sonia Hermosillo and Noe Medina Jr.
[Updated at 3:36 p.m., Aug. 24: Prosecutors are charging a La Habra woman with murder after she allegedly dropped her 7-month-old son from the roof of a parking structure. She is now scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on the new charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death, with a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.]

Noe Medina Jr. died Wednesday morning at about 9:25 a.m., succumbing to the injuries he suffered when he was dropped Monday from the garage of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

His mother, Sonia Hermosillo, 31, of La Habra, had been scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and child abuse, but the proceeding was continued until Sept. 16 at the request of her public defender.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Joe T. Perez set her bail at $1 million.

In a brief court appearance Wednesday, Hermosillo wore dark blue jail scrubs. Her curly hair was down and she nodded throughout the proceeding. She was assisted by a Spanish-speaking interpreter.

She was being held in a jail medical ward, where she was undergoing psychiatric evaluation, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

She was placed in a solitary cell and was wearing a protective gown to prevent her from harming herself, Amormino said.


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-- Abby Sewell and Nicole Santa Cruz

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