NEWPORT (AP) — A former Hood River woman accused of throwing her 6-year-old autistic son to his death off a bridge on the Oregon coast last November has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
The Oregonian reports that defense lawyers entered the pleas on behalf of Jillian McCabe on Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport. Court records show she is charged with aggravated murder, murder and manslaughter. Her trial is scheduled for Aug. 23, 2016.
A judge previously delayed the arraignment for the 35-year-old woman pending a mental health evaluation at the Oregon State Hospital.
Police say McCabe called 911 on Nov. 3 and reported throwing her son, London, from the Yaquina Bay bridge in Newport. Searchers found the boy’s body hours later.
Relatives and friends say McCabe struggled with mental illness and had trouble caring for her son and her husband, Matt, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Court records show Matt McCabe filed for divorce in February.