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She got 25 years to life for tossing son four floors. Court says probation should be considered

Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — An Orange County woman wrapped her 7-month-old son in a white blanket, removed the helmet that was used to treat a medical condition, and placed him at the edge of the wall atop a fourth-floor parking structure adjacent to a children's hospital.

Then she pushed.

The child — named Noe Medina Jr., after the father who feared his wife was mentally unstable and dangerous — fell to his death, a victim of severe blunt cranial trauma.

Although a California 4th District Court of Appeal on Monday upheld the murder conviction of La Habra's Sonia Hermosillo, the three justices remanded the sentencing to a lower court.

Hermosillo was originally sentenced to 25 years to life in the summer of 2021, and the judges asked the trial judge in the case, Kimberly Menninger, to consider elements such as mental illness when determining a new sentence.

Associate Justice William W. Bedsworth wrote on behalf of the district court that its role was "not to render judgment in a moral sense, but only as to the legal issues raised."


"We conclude the trial court failed to take some necessary factors into account during sentencing when considering whether appellant was eligible for probation," he wrote.

A spokesperson for California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta, who was listed as the main plaintiff, said his office was not interested in issuing a response.

Baby Noe Medina Jr. was the third child born to Hermosillo and Medina Sr. in January 2011. The couple are raising two daughters.

Medina Jr. was born late term, which led to "several physical challenges which required medical care," including flat head syndrome.


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