Accused murderer Jillian McCabe of Seal Rock has been arraigned in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport on charges of Murder, Aggravated Murder, and two counts of Manslaughter in connection with the death of her autistic son, London McCabe, age 6. Her bail has been set at one million dollars.
Police say McCabe on Monday evening walked her 6 year old son London McCabe out onto the center span of the Yaquina Bay Bridge and threw him over the railing. Police say McCabe immediately called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers that she had just thrown her son from the bridge. London’s body was found five hours later floating upstream from the bridge near the Embarcadero.
McCabe was spotted on the bridge by arriving Newport Police Officers who immediately took her into custody and began questioning her. Police say she freely admitted that she had thrown her son from the bridge because “voices in my head told me to do it.” Hearing voices is a general symptom of severe schizophrenia from someone off their meds.
In court, McCabe was assigned to a court appointed attorney – one based out of Portland. Court officials say the case will be referred to the Lincoln County Grand Jury as prosecutors seek indictments for murder and manslaughter.
Meanwhile everyone who would like to honor the short life of London McCabe are invited to a large memorial for the boy to be held Saturday, 6pm, on the large green, just west of the Rogue Brewery at the south end of the bridge. Bring your own candle and balloon. At 7pm, there will be a coordinated mass balloon release.
Friends of the family are also asking the public to consider making a donation to Bates Funeral Home to help cover the costs of the funeral. Mail donations to Bates Funeral Home, 915 NE Yaquina Heights Drive, Newport, 97365.
Meanwhile, counselors have been working with Crestview School students in Waldport where London went to school. They’re trying to minimize the shock and any psychological impacts London’s death may be having on his classmates.
And this just in from ODOT; The accumulation of stuffed animals, balloons and grief cards left by mourners of London McCabe have become a substantial safety hazard for motorists and pedestrians on the bridge. Because it is a safety hazard, ODOT crews will be removing the memorials and transporting them to the south end of the bridge where they can be re-established in a more safe area.