Mom threw kids from Sellwood Bridge to 'end their suffering'

Mom threw kids from Sellwood Bridge to 'end their suffering'

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by Kyle Iboshi

kgw.com

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 3 at 10:26 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Newly released documents reveal the Tualatin mother that threw her two children from the Sellwood Bridge told investigators she wanted to "end their suffering."

Additional comments from Amanda Stott-Smith were redacted and there was no further explanation.  Newschannel 8 obtained the internal state documents from the Department of Human Services through a public records request.

Stott-Smith is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 35 years for throwing her children from the Sellwood Bridge in May of 2009.

Four-year-old Eldon Smith died.  His then 7-year-old sister Trinity survived the 75-foot fall. 

In the reports, Trinity explains her mother seemed talkative and happy as they drove to go watch fireworks.  The seven-year old told investigators "she fell asleep in the car" and "then she woke up and she was in the water."  A pair of good samaritans rescued the girl. 

Since the tragedy, state child welfare workers have followed Trinity's progress.  The reports suggest a case worker has been meeting with her roughly twice a month.

They report she is getting counseling.  She appears happy and healthy.

"Trinity seemed to be doing very well and she reported that she really likes school," writes a DHS worker.  "She appears to be quite the reader."

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