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Two children found in river, one dead

Posted by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:55 AM
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Yesterday morning I turned on the news and they were talking about two kid they found in the river at 1:30 in the morning. A 7yo and a 4yo. No one knew where they came from or why they were in the river. Some boaters had found them. The youngest died. Then we find out the mother had tossed them in the river!! HOW can anyone ever do such a thing, i never ever understand this. If you really cant handle it then hand your kids over to someone else and walk away.  I dont get it when people do such terrible things to thir kids.

http://www.kptv.com/news/19547627/detail.html

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The screams of two young children who ended up in the cold Willamette River early Saturday led to a massive search and the arrest of their mother, now accused of killing her 4-year-old son and trying to kill her 7-year-old daughter.

Portland police said 31-year-old Amanda Jo Stott-Smith of suburban Tualatin was taken into custody on the ninth floor of a downtown parking garage around 7 a.m. Saturday.

She threatened to jump off a ledge when officers arrived, said Detective Sgt. Rich Austria of the Portland Police Bureau.

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

A police spokesman said he did not know late Saturday whether Stott-Smith had contacted an attorney to represent her. Courts reopen Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday.

Rescuers were unable to revive the boy, Eldon Jay Rebhan Smith, who drowned, according to an autopsy by the state medical examiner. The girl remained in an area hospital Saturday night, Austria said, and was expected to survive.

"She's doing well," the detective said. "She has the will to live."

Police did not release her name Saturday night and said they had not yet questioned her about the incident.

It was unclear whether the children were pushed or fell into the river, but Austria said it was certain they were on the Sellwood Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in the state.

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 and a massive search was launched.

A couple who live in the area and joined the search in their boat found the children in the darkness nearly an hour after screams that moved downstream with the current were heard.

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

Officers were called to the Sellwood Bridge area around 1:20 a.m. after the screams were reported by residents.

Upon arrival, officers also heard screams on the river but could not locate their source because of the early morning darkness, said Officer Greg Pashley, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

Portland Fire Bureau and Multnomah County River Patrol boats also responded to the scene with suburban Milwaukie police. The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assist in the search.

"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."

Austria said information from family members and a missing persons report the father filed with Tualatin police helped authorities identify the children.

by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:55 AM
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mandamitch
by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I saw this on the news yesterday morning also and the first thing I thought was that someone threw them in.  How else could 2 little kids get in that part of the river, especially when they were found at 1:30 AM and did not get reported missing unti late in the morning.  I feel really bad for the little girl.  She is old enough she will remember her mom trying to kill her and that her brother died while she was holding onto him. 

norahsmommy
by Silver Member on May. 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

how terrible, those poor children. I can't imagine what what running through their minds. And now the oldest has to live with this for the rest of her life. 

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is also a government big enough to take from you all that you have." - Gerald Ford

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety  deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."  - Ronald Reagan

tornintwo
by on May. 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM

 I'm really ultra sesitive..This is so sad..I was enjoying the cafemom experience ..but..I think I'm out of here for today..Sometimes you just wanna kick'it and have fun..I can't do that after hearing about this..

You Ladies have a nice day..

JSVDP
by on May. 24, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Im sorry that you feel this way, if you wanted to enjoy cafemom today you shouldnt have read this post. Its obvious by the title its not going to be a fun post. I am not trying to be mean, it just seemed like you were blaming my post for you not wanting to be here.

Quoting tornintwo:

 I'm really ultra sesitive..This is so sad..I was enjoying the cafemom experience ..but..I think I'm out of here for today..Sometimes you just wanna kick'it and have fun..I can't do that after hearing about this..

You Ladies have a nice day..


tornintwo
by on May. 24, 2009 at 6:13 PM

I wasnt blaming your post at all..I was just really saddened by the total disregard of human life...Children are not meant to be thrown away when no longer wanted..like the t.p. used to wipe the ass. IT saddens me and it ANGERS me..Your post only brought  it to my attention what total F$#%'s we have in our world...As for the title? How can you ignore that? even if I could..I'm not a monster ,so I wouldn't. and I also wished you all to have a nice day..Was that a bad thing? No offense meant by it..

Quoting JSVDP:

Im sorry that you feel this way, if you wanted to enjoy cafemom today you shouldnt have read this post. Its obvious by the title its not going to be a fun post. I am not trying to be mean, it just seemed like you were blaming my post for you not wanting to be here.

Quoting tornintwo:

 I'm really ultra sesitive..This is so sad..I was enjoying the cafemom experience ..but..I think I'm out of here for today..Sometimes you just wanna kick'it and have fun..I can't do that after hearing about this..

You Ladies have a nice day..

 


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