Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, of Seal Rock, Oregon has been arrested after turning herself in for the murder of her 6-year-old son, London.
Late Monday night, McCabe called authorities to admit that she’d thrown her son off a bridge.
Authorities mounted a massive search for London McCabe. According to Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Klingenberg, the boy’s body was recovered early Tuesday after a Good Samaritan spotted a body from a restaurant and lounge near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
“It’s absolutely a tragedy,” Klingenberg told NBC news.
The backstory gets more involved from there.
Apparently, Jillian had set up a YouCaring fund 8 months ago, asking for financial assistance to help care for her autistic son London and her husband Matt, who’d recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
An excerpt from the fundraising page reads:
“My husband went from being able to walk/drive/work/make money/talk/throw our son in the air to being diagnosed with MS, having a mass in the brain stem, he is now walking with a walker, not being able to drive/work/make money, he now slurs his speech … Matt went from the sole bread winner and provider to not in a matter of 2 weeks.
My husband Matt and I have a son named London and we run the blog www.autisticlondon.com – Although we have not updated it in a long time. I would stay home with London full-time and Matt would work full-time and run his own side business, www.semitechnical.com….
I am taking care of our son London and now Matt full-time. Luckily, we are receiving unemployment from when Matt was laid off. I am applying for any and all assistance available. The real blow for us was that we were denied charity services from Providence Hospital because they know our situation is so dire, we will receive state assistance. SSI can take months to go through and I am scared.
Our friends and family are stepping in (we love them!) and taking London for us or dropping off groceries, filling our freezer with meals. So many people are helping us and I appreciate everyone. I NEED YOUR HELP.”
According to the YouCaring page, Jillian raised a total of $6,281, but that wasn’t enough.
“I am still living with my folks out here in Newport. I wrote before that we were moving out to The Dalles, but that didn’t happen. I started running the numbers and we totally could—if our rent was only $500. That’s not gonna happen. So I’m saving up money and we’ll see what happens.
Jillian is living with us, too. London is pleased as punch. He lays on our laps and puts our hands together. Last night he made the “mmmwha!” sound and gave his Mommy a kiss. Then he made the same sound and pushed our faces together. He’s all smiles.”
Jillian McCabe was charged with aggravated murder, murder and first degree manslaughter. Her bail was set at $750,000. No word on yet on Matt McCabe’s possible involvement in the incident.
Photos: Matt McCabe’s Facebook