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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.

Rebecca Goddard August 30, 2011 at 09:17 PM
A little selfishness, a little alcohol, a little stupidity, some mental illness. Could be any combination of these things is what is wrong with the parents. Ms. Hermosillo, allegedly throws her baby off of the parking structure because of the therapy that he has to receive for a birth defect. She'll be found insane and there will be no justice for the child. But she obviously has no regard for the life of her child ppd or not. She was at the hospital for the love of God, she could have just left him there instead of throwing off the parking structure, validating her parking ticket and driving away. I heard the story of the the dad in Newport Harbor, alcohol and large amounts of it and a girlfriend and kids, recipe for disaster obviously. It is a shame that you don't have to be licensed to have children, any idiot can have one. Even those that don't have the good judgement that God gave a billy goat can have them, and unfortunately for the children they are the ones that suffer.
Shripathi Kamath August 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM
I am not a bible-thumping Christian, so I feel comfortable enough in passing judgments and ignoring this homily, which most Christians also ignore, but only when it is convenient: "Judge not, that ye be not judged" Matt 7:1 With that detail out of the way, I'd say that Sloan Briles's behavior appears to be borderline psychopathic mixed in with anger control issues. He obviously likes the benefits offered by his girlfriend, and those snotty kids are just in the way. The girlfriend is looking the other way for Sloan offers her something. Hitting a kid in public is not much different than spanking a kid while disciplining, often touted and recommended by those with "old fashioned family values". I despise that just the same. Throwing the kid overboard is a crime, and should cost him custody of the children at the least. If the girlfriend is sensible, she'd dump him, and not "stand by her man". 50-50 that she does. Sonia's case may be different. There, it could be temporary insanity, brought on the despair, frustration, anger and other emotions at her plight and inability to get the assistance she needed. If it was cold-calculated murder, it is hard to imagine the plan. Just drive up to the top of the hospital where the kid receives treatment and drop him? I'll reserve judgment till more details come out in her trial.
Julie Flores August 31, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Given that Briles is, as society might define it, of sound mind, willfully and deliberately threw his 7 - year-old child into the ocean, would it be fair to say that the authorities were too lenient in his case?
Shripathi Kamath August 31, 2011 at 07:24 PM
I do not know that Briles has been let go, isn't he simply out on bail? So we can perhaps wait until the charges are filed and what he gets convicted of. But if you are asking if letting him off on bail was leniency, that would depend on the amount, I guess. He also jumped in after he threw the kid over, so it was probably a momentary lapse, but it does seem lenient. Maybe the judge let him go because no one else was there to care for the kids -- can't say for sure. Does his ex-wife have the kids now?
Rebecca Goddard August 31, 2011 at 09:34 PM
He jumped in after he threw the kid into the ocean off of a boat, so it was a momentary lapse??? For real??? Oh excuse my momentary lapse at putting my child's life in total and complete danger. The children are with their mother because their father is an alleged imbecile, whose momentary lapse of judgement could have cost the child his life. http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-08-29/news/29946491_1_tour-boat-boy-s-father-arrest http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/dad-accused-of-tossing-son-overboard-we-were-having-fun.html Clearly the dad has a strange sense of what is fun and appropriate for his kids. I'm sure all good parents think it's fun to throw their kids in the harbor with several boats around running the risk of them being injured by a boat propeller. Judge is misguided and this is too lenient.
Shripathi Kamath August 31, 2011 at 09:44 PM
"He jumped in after he threw the kid into the ocean off of a boat, so it was a momentary lapse??? For real??? " Yes. If it was a prolonged lapse, for example, he wouldn't have jumped in at all. Momentary lapse does not mean Momentary insignificant lapse, BTW. "Oh excuse my momentary lapse at putting my child's life in total and complete danger" OK, consider it excused.
Rebecca Goddard August 31, 2011 at 09:46 PM
So you excuse someone of putting children's life in danger by throwing them off a boat. Please don't every babysit anyone's children.
Shripathi Kamath August 31, 2011 at 09:50 PM
No, I only excused you, because you asked for it. Perhaps because you were confused about what a momentary lapse is does not convey anything about whether the lapse was dangerous, fatal, or harmless. And thanks, I'll give your gratuitous, unsolicited advice the consideration it deserves.
Julie Flores August 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM
I believe the boys are now with their mother.
Julie Flores August 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM
From Mediabistro just one hour ago: Not doing himself any favors, Sloan Briles, the California man who gained national notoriety this week after he threw his 7-year-old son overboard during a harbor cruise, told KTLA on Tuesday, “Yeah, I was trying to kill my son.” Briles was kidding, of course, but sarcasm is probably not the best thing to deploy in a TV interview while facing child endangerment charges.  Talking with KTLA reporter Carolyn Costello, Briles defended his actions, saying that he was just “screwing around and horse playing” with his son. Briles’s account of the incident is very different than what witnesses told police on Sunday afternoon after it happened.  According to KTLA, witnesses said that Briles was drunk and had been hitting his son–who was crying at the time–before he threw him overboard. The 35-year-old father of two told Costello that he didn’t hit his son and can’t even remember the last time he saw him cry, although he admitted to drinking. “If you hadn’t been drinking, do you think you would have done it?” Costello asked Briles at one point. To which he responded, “Absolutely.”
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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