Oregon mom accused of throwing autistic son off bridge to his death enters plea

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NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of throwing her 6-year-old autistic son to his death off a bridge on the Oregon coast last November has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/nD9vsf ) that defense lawyers entered the pleas on behalf of Jillian McCabe on Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport. Court records show she is charged with aggravated murder, murder and manslaughter. Trial is scheduled for Aug. 23, 2016.

A judge previously delayed the arraignment for the 35-year-old woman pending a mental health evaluation at the Oregon State Hospital.

Police say McCabe called 911 on Nov. 3 and reported throwing her son, London, from the Yaquina Bay bridge in Newport. Searchers found the boy’s body hours later.

Relatives and friends say McCabe struggled with mental illness and had trouble caring for her son and her husband, Matt, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Court records show Matt McCabe filed for divorce in February.

Below is an earlier CNN story on this case:

NEWPORT, Ore. — A 6-year-old boy was found dead in the frigid waters of Oregon’s Yaquina Bay after his mother told police she threw him off a bridge Monday evening, authorities said.

The body of London McCabe was found in the water about a mile from the Yaquina Bay Bridge about 10:20 p.m., roughly four hours after his mother called 911 to say she’d thrown him from the span, Newport police said.

The mother, Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, was arrested on charges of aggravated murder, murder and first-degree manslaughter, police said.

McCabe, of nearby Seal Rock, called police around 6:30 p.m. Monday “saying she threw her child over the side,” Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said.

The water of Yaquina Bay is more than 100 feet below the bridge. Chances of survival from a fall that high were “minimal,” Miranda said.

Even if a person survived the fall, the chief said, one could survive the frigid water for only about 20 minutes.

McCabe was being held at the Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $750,000.

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    • Angel Mathews

      Simple. There is no respect for human life anymore. It’s been that way for a long time, and it’s only getting worse. Ever since it became legal to kill babies, it has gradually grown to this. After all, she could have aborted her son, and he would have been just as dead as he is now. it’s tragic. I believe God is SAD not PISSED.

  • clarissa

    Bail why the hell is she on any kid of bail how sick may god be with her makes me so sad to think
    someones could do this to there own child

  • Brandy

    Hopefully this will shine a light on just how much stress autism places on families. Hopefully lawmakers will use this horrible tragedy as a way to reform autism care.

    • taccat

      brandy, you are so right! i work with autistic individuals and the amount of stress parents go through is insurmountable…especially when financial and other emotional factors are present. this is a tragedy that did not have to occur…especially since this woman was having emotional and mental issues in conjunction with her extremely ill husband and low functioning autistic son…yes, she did kill him, but where was the familial support? sad on so many levels.

  • jess wundrin

    We are only hearing one side of the story here which means we really do not know very much. For all we know at this point, perhaps the kid deserved it? I’m not saying he did – I am just wondering

    • Megan

      How can someone say that he deserved it?? No child deserves to be thrown off a bridge, beaten or left to die somewhere. This is a sick and sad world we live in. Smdh

  • B

    She was simply done with her son! I think his disability issues got the better of her and over rode any mothering instint and common sense she had left! Considering what just happened to the 3yr old in Pennsylvania by his mother and her boyfriend..he was tortured, hung by his ankels,poked in his face, head slammed in the wall…drowning for this poor 6 yr old boy..was a blessing! May they both RIP..and their parents should be treated like the vicious animals they are!

  • Tammara

    This woman should never be let out! There is no excuse for hurting a child! God bless that poor baby! I saw a comment below that makes me sick! No child deserves this!

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