Mother Throws Disabled Child to His Death From Building

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News outlets are reporting the shocking story of a woman who was arrested after throwing her disabled infant son from atop a parking garage.

On August 23, Sonia Hermosillo was arrested by California authorities for throwing her 7-week old son from the fourth story of a parking garage located at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The infant boy, named Noe Medina Jr., had been receiving treatment at the hospital for various birth defects.

Prosecutors allege that Hermosillo removed the helmet her son wore due to one of those birth defects just before throwing him from the parking garage. Hermosillo then returned to the hospital to validate her parking before driving away.

Witnesses saw the baby falling and emergency personnel rushed him to the hospital, but sadly, the baby boy later died of his injuries. As a result, Hermosillo has been charged with murder and felony child abuse.

The heartbreaking situation serves to remind us of the plight of the thousands of special needs children in this country, many of them orphans. God was not surprised by Noe’s birth. He gave Noe those parents for a reason, and His perfect intention is for children to stay with their biological parents. No one would deny that raising a handicapped child is in many ways more difficult than raising a child born free of such challenges, but Scripture makes no exceptions when it teaches that children are a blessing from God (Ps. 127:3).

Still, perhaps this tragedy could have been avoided if one of the many childless Christian couples in this country had been given the chance to adopt Noe (See FPN’s article on adoption here). But even if no one wanted to adopt such a precious child as Noe, there would still be absolutely no justification for killing him. God has prohibited murder and He hates the shedding of innocent blood (Ex. 20:13; Prov. 6:16-17).

According to the Bible, any child’s worth and value is not dependent on whether his body is wracked by birth defects. Every child is precious because of the worth God has placed on them as partakers in His own image (Gen. 1:27).


Deuteronomy 11:26-28
“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.



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