by ALEENA BEIG
Six-year-old London had severe autism, according to an archived blog that his mother, Jillian McCabe, appears to have written in 2011 and 2012. She chronicled what it felt like to realize something was wrong with her baby. “He wasn’t reacting when he heard his name.” “ He didn’t show affection or interact.” “ He was missing milestones.” McCabe says. When the diagnosis came, she and her husband, Matt, according to their own social media writings “devoted their lives to their son.” Then came another enormous blow: Matt developed multiple sclerosis.
“I’m trying to hold it together,” Jillian said in a YouTube video that was posted on her Facebook page. “It’s really hard. I’m losing it a lot.”
On November 17, Monday evening the 34-year-old mother walked onto the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Oregon carrying her son, and threw him into the frigid water. The body of London McCabe was found in the water about a mile from the bridge at about 10:20 p.m., roughly four hours after his mother called 911 to say she had thrown him into the water.
The mother, Jillian Meredith McCabe, was arrested on charges of murder, aggravated murder and first-degree manslaughter. The water of Yaquina Bay is more than 100 feet below the bridge. Chances of survival from a fall that high were “minimal,” Miranda says. Even if a person survived the fall, one could survive the frigid water for only about 20 minutes.
London’s killing has sparked strong emotions, particularly from parents of disabled children and those who have autism. Many want the focus to remain on London, #justiceforlondon.