NEWPORT, Ore. — A woman accused of throwing her 6-year-old autistic son off a bridge on the Oregon coast earlier this month will undergo a mental health evaluation at the state mental hospital.
A judge ordered the evaluation on Thursday after Jillian McCabe’s defense attorneys requested it.
KATU-TV reported that attorneys say McCabe had previously been committed to the hospital.
McCabe has not entered a plea on charges of aggravated murder, murder and two counts of manslaughter. The aggravated murder charge carries a potential death penalty, and was brought because the victim was under 14 years old.
An uncle has said she received psychiatric treatment for emotional distress from years of caring for the child, and more recently for her disabled husband.