Portland mom Amanda Stott-Smith [photo], succeeded in drowning one of her kids, the other survived after she threw them off a bridge in the dead of the night
The reasons why Portland mom Amanda Stott-Smith, succeeded in drowning one of her kids, the other survived after she threw them off a bridge in the dead of the night, are explored by Nancy Rommelmann’s in her new book “To the Bridge”.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on May 23, 2009, Stott-Smith, parked on the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon. She took her two children, ages 7 and 4, out of the car. She dangled them over the edge, then dropped them into the dark water.
Stott-Smith, then aged 31, was in a violently abusive marriage and turned to drinking and drugs, for escape.
Stott came from a conservative Christian family Rommelmann notes, and was attending George Fox University, a Quaker school in small-town Newburg, Ore., where the rebel, eager for male attention lost her virginity and became pregnant in short order.
After her son Gavin was born, Mandy found herself a single mom when the baby’s father joined the Navy.
She applied for food stamps, stayed in school, but continued partying, often leaving the infant with her increasingly annoyed girlfriends.
Soon Stott was pregnant again, this time by her pot dealer.
They became engaged, but he didn’t have much money and the expectant young woman. informed her own grandmother that she didn’t want to marry a cash strapped.
Providence intervened as midway through the pregnancy, her fiancé took his own life.
Amanda Stott-Smith’s three children, [L-R] Trinity Smith, Gavin Stott and Eldon Smith. She targeted trinity and Eldon for murder but only Trinity miraculously survived the ordeal
The pregnant Stott quickly found a new boyfriend, another sometimes drug dealer named Jason Smith.
Smith, 24, and had been in and out of trouble and drug rehab . Importantly he’d also just inherited more than $200,000 from his grandmother.
Considering her new beau a better prospect, Stott and Smith became a couple. She moved in with her son Gavin while she gave up her new baby for adoption.
The material upgrade saw the social climber chauffeured around town and being treated her to shopping sprees at expensive stores, but with one major quirk – Stott’s girlfriends didn’t trust Smith.
Smith’s mother didn’t trust his new girlfriend either, and went to court to seize control of her son’s assets, citing her son’s longtime drug problems and current “abusive relationship with a ‘girlfriend,’ which has resulted in the respondent being financially exploited.”
Amanda Stott-Smith threw her two younger children off Portland’s Sellwood Bridge on May 23, 2009
According to police records, the abuse flowed both ways. Stott gave Smith a black eye; he in turn tried to strangle her.
The Department of Human Services had a thick running file on the household. On one occasion, paramedics were summoned after Smith left little Gavin locked in a hot car.
Although Smith’s mother wrestled control of her son’s inheritance, she simply used it to pay the bills he kept racking up.
Soon the money was gone, and Amanda was pregnant a third time. Smith proposed and Stott accepted. The couple thereafter welcomed daughter, Trinity.
Their situation improved temporarily when Smith landed a job, but he was still doing drugs, while his wife now with the hyphenated name Smith-Stott, was still partying. Then things went bad again. Mandy would invite friends over and get so drunk that she forgot to cook dinner. Smith would scream at her in front of their kids.
“Wife, shut your mouth!” he yelled. At restaurants he humiliated her by ordering more food than anyone could eat, then telling her how fat she was. She would sneak into the bathroom to throw up. Still te couple had a second child together, their son Eldon.
Hapless victims: Trinity Stott [right] survived, but her 4-year-old brother Eldon [left], did not
Never before in sync with their daughter’s perspective on life, Stott-Smith’s family were concerned now.
She had always been flighty, now she was distracted, depressed.
They took her to see various psychiatrists, who prescribed various drugs. – “You might go out and kill someone on these,” one joked, “but otherwise have fun!”
Stott-Smith reportedly, sank deeper into despair.
Amanda Stott-Smith looks clear-eyed in court in 2009
Te writer does not speculate on the thoughts running through the head of the mother-o-three that night of May, 2009 when she loaded 7-year-old Trinity and 4-year-old Eldon in her car and drove to the bridge. Her oldest son 12-year-old Gavin may have survived because he wanted to stay home with his grandparents.
She dropped her daughter in first. “Help me!” the girl screamed. Then Stott-Smith turned and went back for her little boy.
“Did you just put her in the water or something?” Eldon asked as she picked him up.Those were his last words.
The children’s father, jason Smith [photo], still doesn’t understand why his ex decided to murder his young children
Afterward she called Smith. He didn’t pick up. When his in-laws later phoned to say Amanda was missing, he finally called his wife back. It was hours before she answered. He asked if the children were OK.
“Why have you done this to me?” she asked him. “Why have you taken my joy away?”
Police tracked her to the ninth floor of a parking garage. An officer grabbed her just as she was about to jump.
Amazingly, Trinity survived the icy water, so Stott-Smith was only charged with murdering one of child