Police say Jillian McCabe called 911 after allegedly tossing her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge
Credit: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office/Landov

A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her son with autism and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.

Police said 34-year-old Jillian Meredith McCabe called 911 from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport as darkness fell Monday to report what she had done and waited until police arrived. Officers found her at the scene.

Later that night, a body was spotted in the water at a bayside resort, and police said it was the boy.

Andrew McCabe confirmed Tuesday that his sister-in-law had written an appeal on YouCaring.com. In it, she described caring for her autistic son, London, and her husband, Matt, who has been unable to work since developing multiple sclerosis and a mass on his brain stem.

On Monday, the Coast Guard and Lincoln County authorities searched for hours after the call came in about 6:25 p.m., said Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg said he understood the body was found floating near a marina.

The Coast Guard dispatched two boats and a helicopter to search the water. The county sheriff’s marine patrol and county search and rescue teams were also involved.

The Yaquina Bay arched bridge, one of the most famous on the Oregon coast, opened in 1936. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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