Prison for mom, boyfriend in 4-year-old’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).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A local mother found guilty of beating her 4-year-old son to death because she thought he was gay was sentenced to prison Friday, as was her boyfriend who previously pleaded guilty.

The jury found Jessica Dutro guilty on all seven counts — one count of felony murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

Dutro’s daughter was 7 at the time of Zachary’s death. The girl testified she saw both Dutro and Canady commit the deadly beating.

Dutro was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Dutro’s boyfriend, Brian Canady, received his sentence Friday as well. Canady pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing.

Canady was sentenced to 150 months (12.5 years) with credit for time served.

Zachary, 4, was killed in 2012. His mother Jessica Dutro, was accused of killing him because she thought he was gay, April 2, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Zachary, 4, was killed in 2012. His mother Jessica Dutro, was accused of killing him because she thought he was gay, April 2, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Dutro and Canady were arrested in August 2012 after the woman’s son, Zachary, died in a local hospital with “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.

During Dutro’s trial, the prosecution brought forth a Facebook message from Dutro saying her son was being punished because she thought he would be gay. The message was sent three months before Zachary’s death.

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