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California mom accused of tossing baby from 4th floor of parking lot to get psych evaluation
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) ' A California court commissioner ordered a psychological evaluation Friday for a mother accused of tossing her 7-month-old disabled son from a hospital parking structure, killing him.
Sonia Hermosillo, 31, was to have entered a plea on charges of murder and felony child abuse but was instead assigned two court-appointed psychologists after her attorney said he believed she was unable to assist in her defense, said Scott Simmons, senior deputy district attorney.
Hermosillo's public defender, Chuck Hasse, did not return a call seeking comment.
Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Max De Liema set a Nov. 18 competency hearing, when the two doctors will report back on her mental health, Simmons said. If they believe she is too mentally ill to assist in her defense, she will be sent to a state hospital for treatment with the goal of having her eventually return to court, he said.
"She seemed fine to me and she walked in, the court asked her questions, she answered them, she gave her name and date of birth," the prosecutor said.
Hermosillo has been in custody since her Aug. 22 arrest.
Her husband, Noe Medina, said after his son's death that his wife suffered from severe post-partum depression and was distraught because their son had several medical conditions, including one that required him to wear a helmet to reshape his head.
The child also had been diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis ' a twisting of the neck to one side ' and required physical therapy several times a week.
A witness saw the baby falling through the air from the parking structure at Children's Hospital of Orange County and called 911.
Hermosillo removed Noe Jr.'s helmet before tossing him over the edge and then validated her parking ticket before driving away, prosecutors have alleged.