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Oregon Mother Beats Son, 4, To Death — Thought He Was Gay

Fri, March 28, 2014 11:27am EDT by Lauren Cox 25 Comments
Mom Beat Son Death Gay
Courtesy of Washington County Sheriff

Jessica Dutro has been charged with murder after beating her son to death because she thought he was gay. Facebook messages from Jessica to her boyfriend, Brian Canady, revealed the couple’s plan to ‘work on’ the child’s allegedly gay behavior. How horrible.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess, 4, was violently beaten to death for days by his mother and her boyfriend solely because they thought he would grow up to be gay.

Boy Beaten To Death For ‘Talking’ Gay

On Wednesday, March 26, prosecutors told a packed Oregon courtroom that Jessica Dutro, 25, murdered her son solely because she thought he was gay.

According to Facebook messages Jessica wrote to her 25-year-old boyfriend, Brian Canady, she thought that her 4-year-old son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess, was gay. In the message, she claims that her son walks and talks like a gay person, and mentions that Brian will have to “work on” her son to get him to stop acting gay.

When Zachary collapsed at the Good Neighbor Center, a homeless shelter the family was living at in August 2012, Jessica called 911 immediately and reported that her son was unconscious. Little Zachary was rushed to a Portland hospital where doctors diagnosed him with blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The poor little boy was put on life support for two days before the ventilator was removed, which resulted in his death.

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Zachary’s death certificate states that he died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen and a delay in medical treatment.

Jessica Beat All 3 Of Her Children

An audio interview with Jessica’s daughter 7-year-old daughter was played in court, and it revealed the little girl admitting that Jessica and Brian hit her brother until he “got dead.”

Prosecutors claim that Jessica often beat all three of her children, but Zachary got it “the worst.”

After finding the messages on Jessica’s Facebook, her computer was rigorously searched for more evidence.

On the very same day that her son was removed from life support, Jessica searched for things like “anger management” and “parenting classes” on her web browser.

— Lauren Cox

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