Tigard woman faces new murder charge in son’s death

Brian C. Canady and Jessica A. Dutro are pictured in their jail booking photo. (Washington County Sheriff's Office).
Brian C. Canady and Jessica A. Dutro are pictured in their jail booking photo. (Washington County Sheriff's Office).

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) – A grand jury has issued a new indictments against two people accused of killing a 4-year-old boy.

Brian C. Canady and his girlfriend, Jessica A. Dutro, will be arraigned this afternoon on new indictments filed late last month, court documents obtained by KOIN reveal.

The two were arrested in August 2012 when Tigard police launched an investigation after Dutro’s son, Zachary, was taken to a local hospital with injuries described by police at the time as life-threatening. The child passed away while receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

An autopsy performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner revealed the child died from “blunt force abdominal trauma.”

Canady told police he kicked the child in the abdomen and refused to take the child to the doctor afterwards, court documents state. Detectives learned Canady was afraid doctors would discover the abuse.

Prosecutors took the case to a Washington County grand jury soon after the couple’s arrest. During the first round, Canady was indicted on charges that included murder, four counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

Dutro was originally arrest on one count of manslaughter. However, she is now charged with murder, five counts of murder by abuse and second-degree assault – suggesting she had more involvement in her son’s death than originally thought.

The new indictments came after detectives gathered new evidence in the case, police said.

Doctors told detectives that if the boy had received treatment for his injuries, he likely would have survived.

Dutro and Canady are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

Brent Weisberg

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