Mom Arrested In Drowning Of Four Year-Old

An Oregon mother was arrested Saturday in the drowning of her 4-year-old son after the boy and his 7-year-old sister ended up in the chilly Williamette River.

Residents heard screams on the Sellwood Bridge near Portland and called authorities. Some jumped into boats to help search in the early morning darkness. After about an hour, a couple found the children downstream.

The boy, Eldon Jay Rebhan Smith, could not be revived; the girl was in a hospital and expected to survive.

"She's doing well," said Detective Sgt. Rich Austria of the Portland Police Bureau. "She has the will to live."

Austria said it was not immediately clear whether the children were pushed or fell into the river. They have not yet questioned the girl.

Police said the mother, Amanda Jo Stott-Smith, was taken into the custody at a downtown parking garage several hours after her children were found. Stott-Smith, 31, threatened to jump off the garage's ninth floor in before she was arrested, Austria said.

Stott-Smith faces aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder charges, Austria said.

A police spokesman said he did not know if Stott-Smith had an attorney.

Police were asking the public to call investigators if they saw Stott-Smith's car, a blue Audi sedan, on the bridge when residents of the area heard the children's screams.

"Had they not been awake at one in the morning," Austria said, "we would investigating a case here with no children."

When police arrived, officers also heard screams on the river but could find the children because it was dark, said Officer Greg Pashley, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

"As you look down into the darkness it's hard to see anything," Pashley said. "I can't imagine what it must be like to be a child in this cold river."

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  • by zoban1 Location: Ar on May 25, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    That is so sad. Why do people think it's necessary to harm precious little children. If your life is that bad, take your own and LEAVE the babies alone. I am so sick of hearing how people are treating these kids it doesn't make any sense!
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on May 25, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    I would rather pay for her execution than for her to sit in prison! Whatever the cost for lethal injection I would pay out of pocket, cheaper tho to tie a cinder block to her ankles and put her in the same river. It's sad our children need protection from their own parents.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    I guess they will say another crazy one, give her a year at the mental institution and she will be out again. Bless them little ones. You should be made to have a license, before u have children now days. And this sounds like she is kin to some of our government.
  • by Tony Location: GVegas on May 24, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    I have a 4 yr old and if this story was about her the follow up headline would say "Father Drowns Crazy Woman".I read something like this and look at my little one and wonder how a person could do it.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 24, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    She does not need to meet Jesus, she needs to meet satan. Bless our fallen heros.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on May 24, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    people like this do not deserve kids. She needs to be thrown in that same river when it is dark and cold so she knows exactly what her kids went through. My thoughts and prayers go out to the children. The little boy is where "mom" can no longer hurt him and hopefully the girl will be placed with a family who actually will care and love her.
  • by Mike Location: Roper on May 24, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    how long are crimes like this against innocent children are going to go unpunished,,if she is guilty of this crime,,IF,,why even have a trial,,lock her up for the next 50yrs,,
  • by mariah Location: merry hill on May 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    how can u kill ur own child? did she not no that so many people want kids but cant have them. she needs Jesus
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    If the punishments in this good ole USA fit the crimes some of this mess would stop. She does not deserve another breath.

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