Oregon Mother Sentenced to Life in Prison for Throwing Six-Year-Old Autistic Son Off Bridge to his Death

Jillian McCabe LINCOLN COUNTY JAIL
Jillian McCabe
LINCOLN COUNTY JAIL

A mother who told police that “voices” told her to throw her 6-year-old autistic son off a bridge has been sentenced to life in prison for the child’s 2014 murder.


On Tuesday, Jillian McCabe, 36, of Newport, Oregon, pleaded guilty to murder, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam says in a media release. As part of the plea agreement, she will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

At 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2014, McCabe drove her son, London McCabe, to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, walked him to the middle of the span and threw him over the railing into the frigid waters below before calling 911, Branam says.

McCabe had initially lifted the boy up to throw him over but changed her mind before finally pushing him over, says Branam. “She reports that she said only ‘sorry’ to him as she lifted him over,” she adds.

The fall from the bridge, which stands 133 feet above the bay, did not kill the child, Branam says. He suffered broken bones from the impact of the fall then ultimately drowned, she says.

Hours after the boy’s fall, emergency crews found his lifeless body about a mile from the bridge.

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SOURCE: People – K.C. Baker