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Troubled woman threw baby off building

ORANGE, Calif. —A mother accused of nearly killing her 7-month-old son by tossing him from the fourth floor of a hospital parking garage was treated for depression after the child's birth, her husband said Tuesday.

Sonia Hermosillo, 31, of La Habra, was arrested Monday night, hours after the baby was thrown from a parking structure at Children's Hospital of Orange County, police Sgt. Dan Adams said.

The woman's husband, Noe Medina, told the Orange County Register that his wife had been hospitalized for postpartum depression in June, was taking medication and wasn't allowed to be alone with their son, Noe Jr.

The infant remained in critical condition at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, which has a trauma unit.

Hermosillo, who could make a court appearance as early as today, was being held without bail for investigation of attempted murder and is undergoing a psychological evaluation in the jail's medical ward, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. She also was on an immigration hold, he said.

No one answered the door Tuesday at the upstairs apartment in La Habra where Hermosillo lives with her husband, two young daughters and infant son. A child's pink flip-flops, a sand pail and two Barbie dolls sat on the stoop in the hot sun.

"I don't know what happened yesterday," Medina told the Register in a hospital interview.

Sonia Herrera, 40, lives in the apartment directly below and said she knew Hermosillo before the family moved into the complex two months ago. Their children attend the same elementary school.

She said Hermosillo was a normal, loving mother to her daughters and was excited to be pregnant with a son. But after the boy was born, the 31-year-old mother changed suddenly and seemed depressed, Herrera said.

She withdrew and, while bubbly before, hardly talked at all. Herrera became concerned she might have postpartum depression, although she never saw her harm the infant, she said.

When she saw Hermosillo's picture on the news, she was shocked.

"I just wanted to cry, and I asked, 'Why? Why did this happen?'" she said. "I hope everything will be OK for her and for her baby and for her family because the girls are very young."

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