Hearing delayed for La Habra mother accused of killing baby

LA HABRA — A hearing to determine whether a La Habra woman accused of killing her infant son last year by throwing him from the fourth floor of a parking structure was postponed Friday, officials said.
Sonia Hermosillo, 31, is charged with murder and child abuse in connection with the Aug. 22, 2011 incident at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange.
She’s accused of removing a protective helmet the baby wore because of a medical condition before tossing 7-month-old son, Noe Medina Jr., from the parking structure at the hospital. The infant died from his injuries two days later.
She was scheduled to appear in Santa Ana Superior Court for a mental competency hearing Friday, however the hearing was continued until Feb. 3, Orange County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.
The hearing was previously postponed Nov. 18, officials said.
While a motive in the case has not been officially released, Hermosillo’s husband, Noe Medina, has said she suffered from postpartum depression and had difficulty accepting their son, who suffered from two treatable medical conditions.
The fatal fall occurred shortly after the baby’s father reported the infant and wife missing, investigators said.
Hermosillo has not entered a plea to the charges pending a hearing to determine whether she’s mentally fit to stand trial.
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