Mother tells police she tossed child off bridge

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(CNN) — Authorities found the body of a 6-year-old boy in the frigid waters of Oregon’s Yaquina Bay after a woman told police she tossed her son over a bridge.

Two boats and a helicopter searched the area around the Yaquina Bay Bridge for hours Monday night before spotting the body, Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Klingenberg told CNN.

The mother called police around 6:30 p.m. Monday “saying she threw her child over the side,” Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said.

Officers detained the mother for questioning.

The water of Yaquina Bay is more than 100 feet below the bridge. Chances of survival from a fall that high were “minimal,” Miranda said.

Even if a person survived the fall, the police chief said, one could only survive the frigid water for about 20 minutes.

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