Boy found dead after mother said she threw him off Oregon bridge

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NEWPORT, Oregon – 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, 34-year-old Jillian Meredith McCabe, 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.

Police have not commented on the cause of the boy’s death or a possible motive.

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

Two boats and a Coast Guard helicopter searched the water for hours before the body was found, Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Klingenberg told CNN.

CNN’s Greg Morrison and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.

10 comments

  • catherine

    Why? Why don’t these people just give their children to someone else? Why kill their own babies. Thay poor angel. Rip baby!

    • Chris

      I am thinking the same thing, I feel for the father when i googled her name he and the family came up, apparently they had a fundraiser for the father having MS not long ago but the Mother and the Father are separated currently, Why didn’t she just give the boy to him? How anyone let alone a parent can harm a child is beyond me. I am in tears just reading about this.

  • amanda

    I can not begin to fathom the thought of a mother purposely harming her baby. My five year old drives me up a wall, but I could never end the life of my love.the only person who truly loves me.initially after I walk in the house from work I’m followed by an excited “MOMMMMMMY” I could never live with out that.What ever disease lives in that woman I hope it helps haunt her with the memory of what she did…. young London McCabe is in my thoughts and prayers

  • Trish Ramirez

    Poor baby. I don’t know how a mother could harm her child like this. This little boy was a complete stranger to me, and I’ll probably have nightmares about his final moments. It’s unfathomable.

    As for giving her bail in ANY amount, what a travesty.

    Indeed, our ‘justice system’ is never any more apparent in its flaws than when dealing with an ADMITTED child killer who gets treated with basic human rights, dignity and legal respect.

    She ADMITTED her crime – her legal rights should be terminated – hand her over to the masses and let vigilante justice deter others from ever doing something this evil.

  • Brendan

    The article left out the portion where she explains why she did it. Her reasoning behind killing her son was because she couldn’t bare having a child with AUTISM… I didn’t even know you could go that low

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