Prosecutors: Oregon woman beat 4-year-old son to death because she thought he was gay

Prosecutors said an Oregon woman beat her 4-year-old son to death because she feared he was gay.

By Travis GettysThe Raw Story

Zachary Dutro-Boggess was hospitalized Aug. 14, 2012, the day after his fourth birthday, with trauma to his abdomen that caused tears to his bowel, and urine and fecal matter seeped into his body cavity and damaged his vital organs.

He had collapsed at the homeless shelter where his family was living, reported The Oregonian.

He was removed from life support two days later, and his mother, Jessica Dutro, was charged with murder, murder by abuse, and second-degree assault.

Her boyfriend, Brian Canady, initially confessed to kicking the boy in the stomach because he would not sit down and watch television, like he was told, and instead took off his shoes first.

But the 24-year-old Canady later changed his story and took a plea deal earlier this month, admitting to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

He will testify against the 25-year-old Dutro, who prosecutors said ran her family “like an army” but took discipline to abusive extremes.

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