**Today I am discussing the unthinkable murder of 6-year-old London McCabe. Please note the below article was written in its majority on 11/5/14 as this story was still developing. Further details may be available as you read this, but this is how I responded with the information at the time.**
By now you’ve all heard the news about Jillian McCabe who allegedly threw her six-year-old autistic son, London, off of a bridge in Oregon. The media and experts are having a field day with this but the main outpouring is understanding and validating this mother’s actions. It makes me physically ill.
No, my children are not autistic, but one of my daughters suffers from anxiety and panic disorders that can be overwhelming. I have also been friends to people who have severely autistic children and have seen first-hand the amount of stress this puts on a family. However, at no point do I think that just because of that, it gives you a justifiable reason to MURDER your child!
There is an article on NBC News that is nothing but an outpouring of “understanding” as they’re calling it, for Mrs. McCabe and the hard time she had. People who knew her speak of how much of a mental break this woman must have had because she is a truly loving mother.
I think London McCabe would feel otherwise if he were here to speak about it.
Let’s yet again jump on the bandwagon of mental health playing a role, just so we have something to blame.
These news articles talk about how Mrs. McCabe went to several inpatient treatment centers and left them, and failed to obtain the further medical help she needed. So this is where all the experts jump on this and state she had a mental breakdown due to the demands of taking care of her sick husband (Matt McCabe had been recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis), and her non-verbal autistic son and this caused her to not think clearly and throw her son off a bridge.
Okay, for one – She had been making comments about harming herself for a while (this is what led to the inpatient mental health treatments), and instead made the conscious effort to harm her son instead.
Second – she was of sound mind enough to call the police afterward. She was also of sound mind enough to describe in detail what her son looked like and was wearing when she threw him in the water.
As stated, no, I do not have an autistic child, I cannot even begin the amount of stress someone is under when dealing with this. However, I do not think the media or any of the doctors who are making excuses for this woman are in any way helping the issue.
One doctor in these articles was quoted as saying that non-verbal autistics cannot communicate love back to the mother so then it mitigates the maternal bond.
Um, what now? I respectfully call bullshit!
Your child cannot actively LOVE you, they cannot communicate anything more than need for the first year or two of their lives, so does this mean if you kill your children before they’re toddlers that it’s okay because they weren’t able to communicate they loved you?
People WAKE UP!
Your absurdity with mental health being a crutch for everything is astounding to me. You are making her out to be the victim here when the real victim is a beautiful little boy who couldn’t speak for himself. Justice should be sought for him, to set the principle that parents who have difficult children should not be able to just discard them as a piece of trash they’re throwing out the window.
If Jillian had been overwhelmed and looking for a way out of caring for her son, there are plenty of adoption services nationwide that were available to her.
However the psychology of it could very well be that it’s why she called the police, perhaps she didn’t intend to kill him, but instead knew that by calling the police she would get him taken away and then he would be someone else’s problem and she could just go about her life.
Again – none of this screams severe mental health issue because she was of sound mind enough to do it. We (society) just label it as a mental health breakdown when people do things that we cannot explain, or that a decent human being would never do.
The Oregon Judicial System needs to set an example of this woman, needs to let her know that they don’t believe her BS, and that there will be Justice for London.