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Husband defends wife arrested for throwing baby off parking structure

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(CBS/AP) ORANGE, Calif. - The husband of Sonia Hermosillo, the mother of three who is accused of tossing her infant son off of the fourth story of a parking garage, is stepping in to defend his wife.  He says she suffers from postpartum depression.

Prosecutors say Hermosillo, drove her 7-month-old son to the fourth story of a parking garage, removed a special helmet he wore for a medical condition and threw him other the edge. She then validated her parking ticket and drove away, they say.

That same day 31-year-old Hermosillo was charged with murder and felony child abuse.

Hermosillo's husband, Noe Medina, says that she suffered from severe postpartum depression and couldn't accept that her only son had two unusual disabilities, one of which required him to wear a special helmet to reshape his head.

There is no grudge against my wife. Don't judge her poorly. She was truly ill," said Noe Medina in Spanish on Wednesday. "Understand the pain that I am in...I lost my son and now I don't want to lose my wife. I have to keep going on for my two little girls."

By all accounts, Hermosillo was a wonderful mother until the birth of Noe Medina Jr. this year.

Hermosillo, native of Mexico, had two older daughters, ages 7 and 10, and she doted on them as a stay-at-home mother while her husband worked in construction, according to neighbors who knew her before she gave birth to her third child.

After the boy's birth, Medina said his wife was hospitalized for postpartum depression in June after she said she didn't want the boy. The baby had been diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis - a twisting of the neck to one side - and wore a helmet to help correct his plagiocephaly, also known as flat-head syndrome, The Orange County Register reported.

Hermosillo's husband said his wife took medication after her hospitalization and had seen a therapist for the first time on Monday. Later that day, she scooped up the baby while her husband was watching their daughters, and left their second-story apartment.

A panicked Medina called 911 to report his wife and son missing. La Habra police has declined to release that call, citing the pending investigation.

Authorities say she threw the baby from a parking garage at Children's Hospital of Orange County, where the boy had been undergoing physical therapy twice a week. The boy didn't have an appointment that day.

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