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November 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Police arrest woman for allegedly throwing son off Oregon bridge

The Associated Press

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:20 a.m. | A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.

Andrew McCabe confirmed Tuesday that his sister-in-law, Jillian Meredith McCabe, had written an appeal on YouCaring.com. In it she described caring for her autistic son, London, and her husband, Matt, who has been unable to work since developing multiple sclerosis and a mass on his brain stem.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. | NEWPORT, Ore. — A woman who said she threw her 6-year-old son off a historic bridge on the Oregon coast was arrested on murder and manslaughter charges after the boy’s body was found in the bay, police said.

Police and firefighters in the coastal city of Newport, Lincoln County deputies and the Coast Guard searched the bay with boats and a helicopter after Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, of Seal Rock called 911 at 6:25 p.m. Monday to report throwing her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

The boy’s body was found at 10:23 p.m. in the bay after it was spotted near the Embarcadero Resort, police said.

Detectives found McCabe on the bridge and arrested her on suspicion of aggravated murder, murder and manslaughter, police said.

She was booked into the Lincoln County Jail, with bail set at $750,000. She has not yet had a court appearance or lawyer assigned for her defense.

Police are asking anyone who saw the woman and child on the bridge to call detectives, who continue to investigate.

The Yaquina Bay arched bridge, one of the most famous on the Oregon coast, opened in 1936. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2009, a woman tossed her two young children off a bridge in Portland, killing her 4-year-old son. A daughter, then 7 years old, survived. Amanda Stott-Smith was sentenced in 2010 to at least 35 years in prison.

ORIGINAL POST | NEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard and Lincoln County authorities are searching for a 6-year-old boy after a woman reported that she had thrown a child off the Yaquina Bay Bridge on the Oregon coast.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg said the Coast Guard dispatched two boats and a helicopter to search the water after getting a call for help about 6:30 p.m. Monday from Newport fire and police officials.

The woman’s 911 call reportedly came in about 6 p.m. Monday.

Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said his detectives were interviewing the woman. So far, he said, police haven’t been able to confirm her report.

He says police as well as the Coast Guard, the county marine patrol and county search and rescue teams are “putting out a good effort to see if we can find the child” if a child was actually thrown in the water.

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