May 25, 2009
Amanda Jo Stott-Smith - Mother Charged With Murder After She Allegedly Threw Her Two Young Children Off A Portland Bridge
Amanda Jo Stott-Smith Jail Booking Report
Portland, Oregon (The Weekly Vice) -- Amanda Jo Stott-Smith, a 31-year-old Oregon mother was arrested Saturday after allegedly throwing her two children off a bridge, killing her 4-year-old son.
According to police, Stott-Smith was taken into custody at a downtown parking garage, nearly seven hours after witnesses heard the screams of her children as they fell from the Sellwood Bridge in Portland.
Upon hearing the screams around 1 a.m., citizen Patti Carr summoned help and assisted in the search for the children who were eventually found an hour later in the Willamette river.
Dave Haag and friend Cheryl Robb used a houseboat to search for the children. They followed the howling screams to discover a 4-year-old boy floating face down in the frigid water. The boy's 7-year-old sister was discovered barely alive - struggling with what may have been her final breaths. Robb steered the boat while Haag dove into the water to retrieve the girl.
Both children were pulled into the boat and taken to the dock at the Oregon Yacht Club.
Police tried to resuscitate the boy, Eldon Jay Rebhan Smith, however they were unable to revive him. The girl, who's identity has been withheld, was rushed to a local hospital where she is expected to survive.
Seven hours after the children's discovery, authorities located the mother, Amanda Jo Stott-Smith - who threatened to jump off the ninth floor of a Portland parking garage. She was taken into custody after detectives pulled her away from the ledge.
Investigators say Stott-Smith had recently filed for divorce from her husband in March and has a prior police record that includes throwing "lighted objects" and numerous speeding and parking tickets. Other children in her care have been taken into protective custody.
Stott-Smith was charged Sunday morning with aggravated murder in the death of her son and attempted aggravated murder for her daughter's near drowning. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
The photo above is the actual bridge the children are believed to have fallen from. Look closely at the drop from that bridge. As a reader pointed out, the clearance of the bridge is about 75 feet plus the distance from the bottom of the bridge to the road. It's really a miracle the little girl survived this fall, let alone trying to swim in frigid water for an hour.
Portland police say they received numerous calls about the screaming from both sides of the river - followed by a response from citizen volunteers who basically did the impossible in the black of night.
Those volunteers and alert residents are nothing short of heroes in our book. We thank all of you for saving this child's life.
The Weekly Vice
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