Mom in CA baby plunge case to get psych evaluation

By the Associated Press | September 30, 2011 | 5:15 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a mother accused of tossing her 7-month-old disabled son from a hospital parking structure, killing him.

Sonia Hermosillo was to have entered a plea Friday in Santa Ana on charges of murder and felony child abuse but was instead assigned two court-appointed psychologists.

The doctors will tell the court on Nov. 18 whether she is able to assist in her defense.

The 31-year-old has been in custody since her arrest on Aug. 22.

Hermosillo's husband says his wife suffers from post-partum depression and was distraught that their son had a medical condition that required him to wear a helmet.

Prosecutors say Hermosillo removed the helmet before tossing the baby off the parking structure at the Children's Hospital of Orange County.