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Mother of thrown baby placed on immigration hold, suicide watch

August 23, 2011 |  3:09 pm

Photos: Sonia Hermosillo, left, and Noe Medina Jr. Credits: Orange Police Department, Medina family The woman accused of dropping her baby from a hospital parking garage is being held without bail on an immigration hold and was placed on suicide watch, according to news reports.

Sonia Hermosillo of La Habra was arrested and booked at the Orange County Jail on one count of attempted murder. Her 7-month-old son, Noe Medina Jr., remains in extremely critical condition and might not survive, authorities said.

Hermosillo's husband, Noe Medina, says his wife was hospitalized in May for depression and was not allowed to be alone with the baby, according to KTLA Channel 5.

Medina says Hermosillo grabbed the baby Monday while he was watching the couple's two other children at a home in La Habra, according to the TV station. He was not immediately aware of what had happened, but called police to report them missing.

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.


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-- Scott Gold and KTLA Channel 5

Photos: Sonia Hermosillo, left, and Noe Medina Jr. Credits: Orange Police Department, Medina family