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Mother Charged With Murder in Baby's Fall From Parking Structure

Sonia Hermosillo is scheduled to be arraigned on the amended charges Thursday

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    Senior District Attorney Scott Simmons joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss the very latest on the La Habra woman who has officially been charged with the murder of her 7-month-old son. (Published Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011)

    A mother accused of pushing her baby from a parking structure in Orange now faces a murder charge after the 7-month old boy died Wednesday morning.

    Confirmation regarding the death came just hours after the 7-month-old baby's mother was charged with attempted murder and felony child abuse causing great bodily injury.

    The Orange County District Attorney amended the charges later Wednesday. Sonio Hermosillo, 31, now faces one felony count of murder and one felony count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.

    The charge carries a maximum sentenced of life in prison. Hermosillo was placed on a no-bail Customs and Immigration Enforcement hold.

    Baby Dies in Parking Structure Fall

    [LA] Baby Dies in Parking Structure Fall
    The child was hospitalized Monday after his mother allegedly pushed him from the fourth level of a parking structure
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011)

    Arraignment on the amended charges is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.

    Hermosillo pushed the child from the fourth floor of the parking structure Monday at Children's Hospital-Orange County, according to the district attorney's office. The boy had a medical condition that required regular visits to the hospital, but the family did not have an appointment that day.

    The mother removed the boy's protective helmet, required for his medical condition, then pushed him from the parking structure's fourth level, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

    Mother Accused of Throwing Child From Parking Structure

    [LA] Mother Accused of Throwing Child From Parking Structure
    Police arrested the mother of a 7-month-old baby boy critically injured after being dropped from the second story of a parking garage at Childrens Hospital-Orange County.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011)

    Hermosillo, who is married with two other children, then validated her parking and left the structure, prosecutors said.

    A witness who saw the child fall called police.

    Surveillance video from the parking structure and a call from the woman's husband, who reported that the boy and Hermosillo were missing, led police to a break in the case. The surveillance video showed the license plate of a tan 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, which matched the description of the vehicle Hermosillo was driving.

    An Orange officer took Hermosillo into custody late Monday near Children's Hospital. An empty child car seat was found in the sport-utility vehicle.

    At a news conference Wednesday, Noe Medina, the father of the baby, asked people to understand his wife didn't do it on purpose.

    "She didn't know what she was doing," Medina said.
     
    He never had any problems with his wife before in their 13-year marriage, Medina said, previous to having the child.

    Medina said his wife was suffering from a "very serious condition, a very serious problem" and asked people not to hold this against her.

    "She didn't do it on purpose.  She didn't know what she was doing. Please understand her mental condition," Medina said through the translator. 

    Medina asked people to please understand the pain he's suffering.  He just lost his child and doesn't want to lose his wife, too.