Mom Murdered 4-Year Old Son Because He ‘Talked Like’ He Was Gay, Say Prosecutors
by David Badash on March 27, 2014
Oregon mother of four is on trial in Portland for the murder of her
four-year old boy. Prosecutors says that Jessica Dutro complained on
Facebook to her boyfriend that her son, Zachary, was gay, and beat him
on several occasions because of it.
In the Facebook message to her boyfriend Brian Canady, which was read
in court today, Jessica Dutro said that her son Zachary was “facing the
wall” because he had made her mad, OregonLive reports:
Her son was going to be gay, she wrote, using a slur. “He walks and talks like it. Ugh.”
Canady would have to “work on” Zachary, she wrote.
On August 12, 2012, Canady allegedly violently kicked four-year old
Zachary in the stomach. He reportedly refused to take the child to the
hospital. When the boy finally was taken to the emergency room — two
days later — it was too late. He was taken off life support August 16,
2012. The cause of death was blunt force trauma “to his abdomen that
caused tears in his bowel,” OregonLive reported.
Zachary “was covered in bumps and bruises,” OregonLove notes in a separate report,
“but he died from two holes in his intestines caused by blunt-force
trauma. Urine and feces seeped from the holes and harmed his vital
Another report detailed 4-year old Zachary’s injuries.
Doctors concluded that abdominal trauma had caused the
tears in Zachary’s gut. High-velocity car crashes or bike accidents
could cause similar injuries, Leonhardt said. Otherwise, it takes
forceful, violent kicking or stomping to cause such injuries, he
Bruises were all over Zachary’s body. They suggested that the child
had pulled himself into a fetal position to protect himself from a
beating, the doctor said. The various injuries indicated he had been
abused multiple times, Leonhardt said.
Old, dead tissue from a deep cut hung off of Zachary’s lip. Leonardt,
a child abuse specialist at Randall Children’s Hospital and CARES
Northwest, could not recall another case where a child had that injury.
“That thing would have bled a lot,” he said. “You just let this flap of lip hang there?”
The doctor said most children with such a wound would have been brought in for emergency care.
A previous report details Zachary’s seven-year old sister explaining how her little brother “got dead.”
“Jessica and Brian, they kept hitting him and punching
him,” she said. “He didn’t listen to them so they kicked him and punched
him and stuff and they kept doing it and doing it.”
Brian Canady has plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and
second-degree assault. Zachary’s mother, Jessica Dutro, is on trial for
murder, murder by abuse, and second-degree assault.
Dutro, in addition to her late son Zachary, is the mother of a 3-year
old boy, an infant, and the seven-year old girl who testified in court.
Both the 3-year old and the 7-year old reportedly showed signs of physical abuse.
“Doctors told detectives that if the boy had received treatment for his injuries,” KOIN adds, ”he likely would have survived.”