At about 6:25pm last night a female called the 9 – 1 – 1 dispatch center to report that she had thrown her six year old son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Members of the Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Newport Fire Department responded to the scene. The Yaquina Bay Bridge was closed to all traffic for about an hour. The US Coast Guard rescue helicopter also immediately responded to the area, arriving in minutes. Sheriff’s Deputies marine patrol along with the Coast Guard and officers on both sides of the bay began searching for the victim’s body. Since there was an incoming tide the search was concentrated up the bay.
At 10:23pm a call was received of a body spotted in the water at the Embarcadero Resort. Officers responded and determined that the body was that of the victim identified as 6-year old London McCabe. His mother 34-year old Jillian M. McCabe from Seal Rock had been located at the Yaquina Bay Bridge earlier after reporting throwing her son in the bay. She was being interviewed by detectives. After the recovery of her son’s body she was subsequently arrested by detectives for Aggravated Murder , Murder, and 1st Degree Manslaughter.
She was booked into the Lincoln County jail without incident and her bail was set at $750,000. Newport Police officers were assisted by the Lincoln County Major Crime Team which is made up of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City, and Toledo Police, Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County District Attorney ’s Office. This investigation is continuing. Anyone who may have seen something while crossing the Yaquina Bay Bridge is asked to call Detective Mitch France at 541 -574 – 3348.