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Jury: Mom Who Dropped Son to Death From Parking Garage Was Sane at the Time

SANTA ANA, Calif.—A woman who dropped her 7-month-old son to his death from a Children’s Hospital of Orange County parking structure a decade ago was legally sane at the time of the crime, a jury found on Sept. 13. Sonia Hermosillo, 41, was convicted Aug. 11 of first-degree murder and child assault causing death. She had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, so the trial entered a sanity phase for jurors to determine her mental stability at the time of the crime. With jurors finding she was sane, Hermosillo faces 25 years to life in prison, with sentencing scheduled for Oct. 29. If she had been found insane, she would have been diverted to a treatment program. In the first phase of the trial, jurors considered incriminating statements Hermosillo made to police in Orange following the Aug. 22, 2011, death of her son, Noe Medina Jr. In an interview, …

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