The body of a six-year-old boy was recovered last night in Oregon’s frigid Yaquina Bay after his mother reportedly told police she threw him off the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Jillian McCabe, 34, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, murder and first-degree manslaughter after she reportedly called 911 and confessed to throwing London off the bridge at around 6:30 p.m. Monday, reports WSBT.
The bay is located 100 feet below the bridge and police say that even if a person survived the fall, the chance that he or she could withstand the cold water for longer than 20 minutes is slim. London’s body was recovered at around 10:20 p.m., after a person eating at a local restaurant spotted him in the water.
Witnesses told KPTV that they saw McCabe walk hand-in-hand with the boy to the south end of the bridge before throwing him over the side.
Although police haven’t revealed a motive for the murder, McCabe’s mugshot photo matches one posted online in a fundraising appeal set up by a woman who called herself “Jillian Meredith McCabe,” reports NBC News. McCabe wrote that her son had autism and her husband Matt had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She went on to say that Matt was the “sole breadwinner” until his illness and that she was struggling to care for her family and needed financial assistance.
The fundraising appeal was also linked to a blog called “Autistic London,” which has since been deleted.
McCabe is being held on $750,000 bail at the Lincoln County jail.
Photo Credit: Lincoln County Police Department