Mom who dropped baby from parking garage faces mental health hearing

Orange County woman Sonia Hermosillo, who allegedly intentionally dropped her 7-month-old baby boy from the roof of a fourth floor parking structure in August, has a mental health hearing scheduled for Friday morning.
Orange County woman Sonia Hermosillo, who allegedly intentionally dropped her 7-month-old baby boy from the roof of a fourth floor parking structure in August, has a mental health hearing scheduled for Friday morning. Orange County Police Department

Orange County woman Sonia Hermosillo, who allegedly intentionally dropped her 7-month-old baby boy from the roof of a fourth floor parking structure in August, has a mental health hearing scheduled for Friday morning.

Hermosillo, 31, has been charged with murder and child abuse for allegedly throwing her son off the parking garage at Children’s Hospital Orange County.

A court in Santa Ana appointed two psychologists to determine whether the La Habra woman is mentally fit to assist in her own defense. If they find she is not, she will go to a state mental hospital for treatment before returning to court.

Her husband and the father of the baby said Hermosillo suffered from severe postpartum depression.

"It's a tragic story," Scott Simmons, a senior deputy district attorney, told the Los Angeles Times in August. "I feel very sorry for the dad. It's a bad situation."

The baby was born with several medical disabilities, including one that required he wear a helmet to reshape his head and another that required regular physical therapy.

The child remained hospitalized for several days in critical condition, before finally dying from his injuries.

Hermosillo was found afterward to be a potential danger to herself and was placed on 24-hour suicide watch at Orange County Jail.

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