Authorities announced the death of Amanda Stott-Smith, the Oregon woman who confessed to the heart-wrenching act of throwing her children from a bridge fifteen years ago. She was found deceased within the confines of her prison.
Stott-Smith was incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. Her death was confirmed by the Oregon Department of Corrections, although the cause remains undetermined until further examination by the medical examiner.
Back in 2009, Stott-Smith was charged with grave crimes, including aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. This case revolved around a horrifying incident where she pushed her two children off the towering Sellwood Bridge. The fall, measuring a staggering 75 feet, led to the tragic demise of her four-year-old son, Eldon Smith, on May 23, 2009.
However, amidst the tragedy, one child still survived. Trinity Smith, Stott-Smith’s seven-year-old daughter at the time, managed to live despite the traumatic fall.
Two passersby, Cheryl Robb and Dave Haag, were alerted by the terrified screams of the young girl. They were able to rescue both children from the Willamette River, offering a lifeline to Trinity.
Following this horrendous event, Stott-Smith faced her sentencing in April 2010. She received a life sentence, with the potential for parole considered after a minimum of 35 years. During the trial, Stott-Smith expressed remorse for her actions, particularly towards her children.
As with any in-custody death, an investigation into Stott-Smith’s demise is underway, led by the Oregon State Police.