Docs: Mom confessed to throwing boy off bridge

Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, charged with aggravated murder

Jillian McCabe, 34, in her first court appearance for allegedly throwing her 6-year-old son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Nov. 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Jillian McCabe, 34, in her first court appearance for allegedly throwing her 6-year-old son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Nov. 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

NEWPORT, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Police say they have recovered the body of a boy, 6, whose mother threw him off of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Newport Police Chief Mark J. Miranda identified the child as London G. McCabe.

Jillian Meredith McCabe, a 34-year-old Seal Rock, Ore. resident, has been arrested and charged with aggravated murder, murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.

She was lodged into the Lincoln County Jail, Miranda said. Judge Thomas O. Branford set bail at $1 million. McCabe did not enter a plea and her next court date has been set for Nov. 14. A bail hearing will be held at a later date to determine if bail should be raised or lowered.

Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, charged with aggravated murder
Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, charged with aggravated murder

“It’s one of these things that you don’t want to happen in a community,” Miranda said. “Unfortunately, sometimes it does and we just have to rely on each other for support at these times.”

The investigation started at 6:25 p.m. Monday when emergency dispatchers received a call from a woman who reported that she had thrown her child off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Miranda said. Police closed the bridge for about an hour.

Officials confirmed that McCabe told emergency dispatchers that she was reportedly hearing voices and that those voices told her to throw her son off the bridge.

According to a probable cause affidavit file Tuesday morning in Lincoln County Circuit Court, McCabe called 911 and told the emergency dispatcher, “I just threw my son over the Yaquina Bay Bridge.”

McCabe ended the conversation with the dispatcher by saying “there is a police officer here,” court documents state.

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy was the first to arrive on scene. The deputy found McCabe’s vehicle parked at the north end of the bridge, and she was holding her cell phone, court records show.

McCabe told two law enforcement officers that she had thrown her son off the bridge, court records show.

A detective with the county’s major crime team spoke with McCabe’s husband, identified as Matt, confirmed that he and Jillian had a 6 year old son together, court records show.

Matt McCabe also told detectives that his son is never “left with other people” or with a sitter “because he is autistic,” court records show.

Members of the local police and fire departments responded. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg said the United States Coast Guard sent two boats and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to aid with the county’s sheriff boats in the search.

At 10:23 p.m., a person at the Embarcadero Resort saw a body in the water, Miranda said. The boy’s body was recovered by the county medical examiner’s office.

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Police confirmed the body was that of London using a photo that was sent to them by Matt, court records show. Autopsy results have not been made available.

McCabe was detained by officers on the bridge following the 911 call to emergency dispatchers, police said. She was interviewed by detectives and then arrested.

A background check on McCabe does not show any criminal history. Court records show she has lived in Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon before moving to Seal Rock. An online profile of McCabe shows her walking on the coast with her son in hand. When reached by phone on Tuesday, members of the McCabe family declined to comment.

The case is being investigated by the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team.

Anyone who may have seen something while crossing the Yaquina Bay Bridge is asked to call Detective Mitch France at 541-574-3348.

A memorial with a balloon release is planned to take place next to Rogue Brewery at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 for London.

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