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Autistic boy found dead after mother says she threw him off a bridge in Oregon

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Jillian McCabe is accused of throwing her 6-year-old son over the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, Monday evening, Nocember 4, 2014.

Jillian McCabe is accused of throwing her 6-year-old son over the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, Monday evening, Nocember 4, 2014.

(CNN) — 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 the severely autistic boy 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.

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

McCabe’s husband, Andrew, suffers from multiple sclerosis and the family published several fundraising videos on YouTube, including this thank-you video from October of 2013, NBC reported.

“I have a severely autistic son and it’s been hard through the years, and now I have a slightly disabled and amazing husband,” McCabe said in the video.  “And I feel alone, I feel like all of a sudden I’m this caregiver and I don’t feel like a whole person that can take this on.”

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.

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5 comments

  • RIP London McCabe

    He did not deserve to die. It is not his fault he has autism. The mother deserves a life sentence.

  • j breedlove

    Prison is not a bad enough place for you. I hope you burn in hell. Did you know that all you had to do was take the kid to the police station or hospital and explain that it was too much for you to handle and they would have helped you WITHOUT QUESTION ?!?!?! he deserved to be loved and cared about.

  • SJ

    This is just heartbreaking. This mom needed help and alternatives. Not getting them cost this poor baby his life. This shouldn’t have happened!

  • Kenyetta

    U can go on YouTube and ask for money but you couldn’t go to the cops and ask for help or take the child to a fire station or hospital smh but I bet it wasn’t to much for you to cash those donation checks was it u could of hired part-time help with the donation money….. Very sad story

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