As requested earlier by her defense attorneys, accused killer Jillian McCabe is off to Oregon State Hospital in Salem for an in depth examination to ascertain her psychological condition and whether she is in a mental state that would make her fit to stand trial. The evaluation is expected to take at least a month with her next court date set for December 22nd.
According to numerous news reports it’s not McCabe’s first mental examination. Family stress reportedly put her in an in-patient facility not long ago – being released after thirty days.
McCabe’s family has revealed that McCabe was severely stressed over having to care for her young son who was extremely autistic and could not talk. She was also stressed over her husband developing a brain mass which was associated with multiple sclerosis. During the period leading up to her throwing her son London off the Yaquina Bay Bridge November 3rd, McCabe was under a doctor’s care for mental and emotional distress. One report indicated that she had told her doctor she was “hearing voices.” Her family said the doctor prescribed an adjustment to her medication. The next day McCabe threw her son off the bridge telling law enforcement that she ‘heard voices’ prior to the incident telling her to do it. Another possible dimension could involve McCabe’s ‘hearing voices’ as a symptom of schizophrenia – disconnecting from reality – being susceptible to ‘voices’ that can either be perceived as friendly or evil. Some medical research has connected schizophrenia with autism which McCabe’s son obviously suffered from.
Under Oregon criminal law there are provisions under the murder statutes that soften the punishment for those convicted of killing another person if the defendant suffered “extreme emotional disturbance” at the time. According to McCabe’s family, she was extremely stressed over a long period stemming from a number of family medical and financial crises and was ‘hearing voices’ for which she eventually received medication. Such a defense would not excuse the killing of London McCabe but it would allow a judge or jury to find her guilty of a lessor crime such as manslaughter.
McCabe faces criminal charges of murder and manslaughter.