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When Parents Turn on Their Kids

Two local parents are accused of extreme behavior.

It's probably safe to say that most of us were horrified last week when we heard about Sonia Hermosillo, 35, who authorities say threw her 7-month-old son from the parking structure at CHOC. The baby died from his injuries two days later.

Hermosillo is being held without bail and is also on suicide watch at the Orange County Jail. The baby’s father, Noe Medina, contends that Hermosillo had been hospitalized in June for postpartum depression.

Just this past weekend, Sloan Briles, 35, his girlfriend and his two sons, ages 6 and 7, were on a cruise boat in Newport Harbor that carried more than 80 passengers. Briles allegedly threw his 7-year-old son off the boat. The boy was rescued by another boater.

According to the Huffington Post, "The father hit him several times and then threatened to throw him overboard if he didn't stop crying," Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. "The crowd on the boat became very angry at the father for hitting the kid and extremely angry when he threw him overboard."

Briles was arrested and booked for resisting arrest and suspicion of child endangerment. He was released on bail Monday morning.

Shripathi Kamath August 31, 2011 at 10:11 PM
That's good, and I hope she's fit to care for them. Was that just by circumstances since he was in jail, and custody reverts back to him now, or was she given custody as part of his release? What was his bail amount?
Shripathi Kamath August 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM
This is really going to help him big time at his trial. Defense lawyers are celebrating already. I am of course kidding. His claim is that he jumped in with his son. That ought to be play out well. Angry, prone to risking his life, risking his kid's life. And he has a girlfriend to stand by him? Wedding bells soon?
Julie Flores August 31, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Sounds like a match made in heaven.
Rebecca Goddard August 31, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Clearly Briles and anyone who thinks throwing the kid in the harbor (momentary lapse) are unfit. Even if you jumped in after them. Too bad smacking someone on the back of the head like Italian grandmothers do isn't acceptable because Briles (and another) need it "WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?" is what my 96 year old grandmother would have said.
Julie Flores September 14, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Here is an update on Briles: http://www.ocregister.com/news/boat-317051-briles-son.html

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