Oregon mother arrested in death of son in river

May 23, 2009 7:57:57 PM PDT
The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was pulled from the Willamette River hours before daybreak on Saturday was arrested and accused of dumping the boy and her 7-year-old daughter off a bridge. Portland police said 31-year-old Amanda Jo Stott-Smith was taken into custody at a downtown parking garage around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Police say her car was on the Sellwood Bridge moments before residents of the area heard the children's screams and a massive search was launched.

A resident of the area who joined the search in his boat found the children nearly an hour after the screams were heard. Rescuers were unable to revive the boy. The girl was hospitalized.

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