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Body found after Oregon mother says she threw her 6-year-old son off a bridge near Newport

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Jillian McCabe was arrested for murder after she said she threw her 6-year-old son off of a bridge. (PHOTO: Newport Police Department) Jillian McCabe was arrested for murder after she said she threw her 6-year-old son off of a bridge. (PHOTO: Newport Police Department)
NEWPORT, Ore. - A 34-year-old year old Seal Rock, Oregon woman was arrested Monday night after she called police to say she'd thrown her son off a bridge and into Yaquina Bay. 

Jilliam Meredith McCabe was located near the bridge by Newport Police as emergency crews responded to the waters below to search for her 6-year-old son. After an extensive search that included the Coast Guard, a good samaritan spotted the boy's body from a restaurant and lounge nearby. Meanwhile, McCabe was being interviewed by detectives near the bridge and once her son's body was found, she was arrested for aggravated murder, murder, and 1st degree manslaughter. Her bail was set at $750,000 early Tuesday morning. 

The mugshot of McCabe released by Newport Police matched the images of a woman named Jillian Meredith McCabe who recently set up a funding appeal, describing herself as a stay-at-home mom for her autistic son London in Hood River, Oregon. In that fundraising effort, McCabe wrote that her husband Matt had been diagnosed with MS and had a mass in his brain stem. McCabe wrote that her husband had gone from acting as "the sole breadwinner and provider to not" in a matter of two weeks. 

McCabe also wrote, "I am taking care of our son London and now Matt full-time," she wrote. " I am applying for any and all assistance available… I NEED YOUR HELP... I am scared and I am reaching out. I hope I am not coming across trashy or over-reactionary. I must explore every avenue to take care of my family right now."

The fundraising appeal linked to a now-defunct blog called "Autistic London." 

The bridge was about 100 feet off of the water, and police said even if someone survived the fall, they wouldn't last more than 20 minutes in the frigid waters.

So far a motive has not been disclosed. 

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