London McCabe was a young autistic boy. News reports say he loved hats and pictures of him show him as a smiling beautiful kid (all kids are beautiful, by the way). He only lived to age six. He was murdered when his mother threw him off a bridge. Yes, threw him off a bridge.
That was 2014. Many of us have worried that his mother would try the “raising an autistic kid is too much” defense. So I, for one, am relieved that she plead guilty. This doesn’t bring back London. This isn’t really justice. But this is the next best step in moving forward. I wish his family well. If I lost a kid, I don’t think any court proceeding would bring closure, but a lack of a sentence would make things worse.
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McCabe pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
The mother has shown no remorse for the death of her son, Branam said. She appeared happy in jail, didn’t mention her son’s name for months and gleefully discussed the books she’d read while behind bars.
Internet search history from October 2014 included inquiries by McCabe on the chances of surviving a fall into water from 133 feet — the height of the Yaquina Bay Bridge — as well as searches on an insanity defense and news stories on parents who have thrown their children from bridges, Branam said.
Matt McCabe said the loss of his son has left a large void in his life. He said the sentencing of his now-ex-wife brings him no closure.
“I will miss my son forever,” he said.
“I can’t say enough about this boy,” the ex-husband said Tuesday. “He was my pride and joy. He was the center of my attention; his loss leaves a black hole in the center of my life.
“If you know an autistic individual, he needs love, too. Maybe more than you and I.”
By Matt Carey