Health struggles plagued McCabe family

Murder suspect's son 'severely autistic,' husband has MS

London McCabe shown during his sixth birthday party. London's mother, Jillian McCabe, is accused of throwing him over a Newport, Ore. bridge Nov. 3, 2014. (YouTube)
London McCabe shown during his sixth birthday party. London's mother, Jillian McCabe, is accused of throwing him over a Newport, Ore. bridge Nov. 3, 2014. (YouTube)

SEAL ROCK, Ore. (KOIN 6) — In a video posted to YouTube last Halloween, Jillian McCabe, the Seal Rock, Ore. woman accused of throwing her son off a bridge, confessed she was “trying to hold it together” amidst family tragedy.

The McCabe family — Jillian, her husband, Matt, and 6-year-old, London — faced a series of health problems over the past several years, according to multiple blogs and fundraising websites.

The financial strain on [Matt’s] family was past nearly anyone’s breaking point” — A 2013 blog post requesting donations

In Oct. 2013, Matt McCabe was tested for Multiple sclerosis after experiencing migraine headaches, slurred speech and facial numbness, an Oct. 20 blog post read. He was officially diagnosed later that month.

Matt’s journey was tracked frequently in the coming months, often by his mother and brother, and several posts offered hope in the face of the debilitating disease.

“Matt can sing now. His vocal chords were bruised when he was in NICU but now he can sign and lift London and play,” a Google+ post read. In June, the McCabe’s spent time at the beach, London happily kicking his feet in the water.

London, who turned six in September, was “severely autistic,” his mother said in the Oct. 31, 2013 video, a candid look at the now-murder suspect’s mindset not long after her husband’s diagnosis.

“I feel alone and I feel like all of a sudden I am this caregiver and I don’t feel like a whole person who can take this on,” she said.

Jillian McCabe, sitting with her husband, Matt, opening up about her struggle to cope with her family's medical ordeals. The video was pulled from YouTube hours after she was arrested for the death of her son Nov. 4, 2014. (YouTube)
Jillian McCabe, sitting with her husband, Matt, opening up about her struggle to cope with her family’s medical ordeals. The video was pulled from YouTube hours after she was arrested for the death of her son Nov. 4, 2014. (YouTube)

London’s body was recovered just before 10:30 p.m. Monday night, hours after Jillian McCabe told 911 emergency dispatchers she had thrown him from Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore.

McCabe, police officials said Tuesday morning, described hearing voices at the time of her son’s death.

Court records made public just before 10 a.m. Tuesday state a Newport police officer witnessed a woman matching McCabe’s description carrying a young boy near the middle of the bridge. The officer later told investigators it seemed odd as the child seemed too big to be carried.

The records also state McCabe admitted to throwing her son into the bay “several times.”

The 34-year-old McCabe was arrested and booked into Lincoln County Jail. She was arraigned via video conference Tuesday afternoon on charges of aggravated murder, murder, and first- and second-degree manslaughter.

When reached by phone on Tuesday, members of the McCabe family declined to comment.

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

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