“It must have been horrifying. The water is so cold, it was dark, and so for two little kids, I can only imagine how horrifying that must have been,” he said.
The boy, 4, died from the ordeal. His sister, 7, is recovering in hospital. She is in serious condition.
The boy has been identified as Eldon Jay Rebhan Smith. Drowning has been listed as the cause of death.
The children’s father reported them missing on Friday night to Tualatin police. . He and their mother had joint custody of the youngsters.
It is not clear how the children were forced off of the bridge.
Amanda Jo Stott-Smith, 31, was arrested in a downtown Portland parking garage by Portland police.
Portland police said during a press conference on Saturday evening that Stott-Smith has been charged with the aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder of her children.