Woman gets life in prison for throwing kids off bridge

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Amanda Stott-Smith arrives in court for her sentencing Thursday.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A judge sentenced a mother to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years Thursday for throwing her two young children off a Portland bridge.

Amanda Stott-Smith pleaded guilty last week to killing her 4-year-old son, Eldon, and attempting to kill her daughter.

The body of Eldon was discovered in the Willamette River in May 2009. The medical examiner determined he died from drowning. His older sister was found nearby after surviving the 75-foot fall from the Sellwood Bridge.

“I would like to say to all those here today, and especially to my children, I’m deeply sorry,” Stott-Smith said at her sentencing.

Also in the courtroom, was the children’s father Jason Smith.

“He lived a life of pure love,” he said about Eldon. “Everybody he came in contact with (knew him) as a bright, wonderful happy boy.”

Jason Smith thanked Cheryl Robb and Dave Haag who were the couple who pulled Stott-Smith’s daughter and Eldon out of the Willamette River on May 23.

They heard the girl’s screams for help and went out in their boat. They weren’t in the courtroom for the sentencing but Jason Smith said if it wasn’t for them he wouldn’t have his daughter today.

Stott-Smith originally pleaded guilty but later changed her plea.

She had been in a long custody battle with Jason Smith.