HolyCoast: Baby Dropped From Children's Hospital Parking Garage Dies

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baby Dropped From Children's Hospital Parking Garage Dies

This is a really troubling story that I first posted as it was happening the other night:
Prosecutors confirmed Wednesday that the infant who was allegedly dropped off a parking garage at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County was a patient there.

According to prosecutors, Sonia Hermosillo removed the baby’s helmet before allegedly pushing him from the parking structure. Then she reportedly walked into the hospital and validated her parking ticket.

Hermosillo was reportedly being treated for postpartum depression. Her husband, Noe Medina, told the Orange County Register that she was not allowed to be alone with the baby.

Hermosillo, 31, of La Habra, is charged with attempted murder and child abuse in connection with her 7-month-old son being dropped from the fourth story of the parking structure Monday evening.
The AP is now reporting that the child has died.  I'm sure the charge will be upgraded to murder.
Hermosillo's husband, Noe Medina, told The Orange County Register in an interview Tuesday that his wife had been hospitalized for postpartum depression in June after she said she didn't want their son, Noe Medina Jr., who was diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis - a twisting of the neck to one side.

The infant also wore a helmet to help correct his plagiocephaly, also known as flat-head syndrome, the Register reported.

"She didn't look at our son as normal," Medina said. "She didn't accept him. She didn't accept that he was like this."

Medina said the boy was receiving physical therapy twice a week and was showing signs of improvement.

Simmons, the prosecutor, said Hermosillo's behavior showed she intended to kill her son, regardless of her mental state.
Both of the conditions from which the child suffered were treatable and could be cured over time. The father clearly did not share her feelings about the boy. He was heartbroken in a TV appearance I saw yesterday. Just like that he's lost his wife and son. My heart goes out to him.

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