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Mother accused of throwing baby from garage returned to scene

August 23, 2011 | 11:25 am

Photo: Crime scene in Orange. Credit: KTLA The woman accused of dropping her baby from a hospital parking garage was arrested as she returned to the scene of the crime hours later, Orange police said Tuesday.

Sonia Hermosillo, 31, of La Habra, has been booked at the Orange County Jail on one count of attempted murder. Her 7-month-old son remained in extremely critical condition and his survival was not assured, authorities said.

Police received a 911 call at 6:20 p.m. Monday from a man who said he'd seen a baby fall from the parking garage at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Using surveillance video, investigators focused on a 2000 Chevy Blazer that was seen leaving the garage minutes after the incident.

The Blazer was linked to Hermosillo. At the same time, La Habra police had received a call from Hermosillo's husband reporting that she and their son were missing. Shortly after 10 p.m., a patrol officer spotted the Blazer driving past the hospital.

Hermosillo was taken into custody without incident and was cooperative with authorities.

Officials said it does not appear that the boy was a patient at the hospital.


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Photo: Crime scene in Orange. Credit: KTLA