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Oregon Mom on Trial for Murder of 4-Year-Old Son She Thought Was Gay: VIDEO


Jessica Dutro is on trial in Oregon for the murder of her 4-year-old son Zachary in August 2012 and subjected him to beatings every day, The Oregonian reports.

One of the reasons Dutro beat her son is because she thought he was gay, prosecutors say:

After jurors were released for the day Wednesday, Judge Don Letourneau ruled that a Facebook message from Dutro to her boyfriend was admissible evidence.

Prosecutor Megan Johnson argued the message established Dutro’s motive for inflicting on Zachary a pattern of torture and abuse. Authorities say Dutro assaulted three of her children, but Zachary received the brunt of the violence.

In the message, Dutro told her boyfriend, Brian Canady, that Zachary was “facing the wall” because he had made her mad.

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.

Canady has already pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in the child's death.

Watch a KOIN report about the boy's murder from August 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Foul.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 27, 2014 3:10:59 PM

  2. GOP hopeful

    Posted by: litper | Mar 27, 2014 3:13:13 PM

  3. We need to forward this to all the denialists.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Mar 27, 2014 3:14:56 PM

  4. Ah, the gold standard that is heterosexual parenting again

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 27, 2014 3:18:28 PM

  5. This is disgusting. I hope they both get the needle. Do they still do chemical castration? This woman should have her ovaries removed. I know that sounds radical but I'm of the opinion that once you've done something this horrible and it's proven without a doubt your right to have children should be taken away.

    Posted by: Derrick | Mar 27, 2014 3:20:21 PM

  6. It's almost (almost) a mercy that he was taken out of this world, if he was going to have to grow up in that household for 14 more years.

    Does Oregon have the death penalty?

    Sick, sick, sick woman. This is one of those instances where MANDITORY STERILIZATION should be invoked.

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 27, 2014 3:21:37 PM

  7. Horrible.

    Sick (and evil) motha' f.ckas torture and kill feminine boys. It's happened before, and probably more often than we know.

    At four years old to live a life of pain...from your mother.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 27, 2014 3:23:33 PM

  8. Every child deserves a mother and a father, which is the best environment for raising a child.

    If he survives.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Mar 27, 2014 3:27:17 PM

  9. I wish they would also charge Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, Scott Lively and the many others who have contributed to the climate of hate and intolerance towards gay people and more so towards vulnerable children like Zachary. R.I.P. little one.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 27, 2014 3:29:41 PM

  10. They should house her with male prisoners so she can continue her important work of keeping men from acting queer.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 27, 2014 3:31:08 PM

  11. Sickening. Yet, we (the general gay populous) are not deemed fit to rear children in many states and in the eyes of the government. Frankly, I think someone should turn her to the wall and beat the ever-loving SH!t out of her. Daily.

    Posted by: JOEY in LOUISIANA | Mar 27, 2014 3:33:41 PM

  12. I feel compelled to write, but don't really have anything compelling to say.

    I just try and imagine what that poor little boy's life must've been like. Nowhere to run and hide or to get away from a monster. Trapped. 24/7/365.

    So, so terribly sad.

    Posted by: the other Ken | Mar 27, 2014 3:38:22 PM

  13. Her Ovaries and her abused children should be removed from her hateful presence and she should never be allowed around children again since she's obviously too stupid and a murderer! May her and her killer boyfriend suffer in prison. Lock her up!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 27, 2014 3:40:37 PM

  14. The only solace here is that the little boy in death can no longer suffer. I hope there is a heaven for him.

    There is real evil in this world and prime examples are this "mother" and her boyfriend. Stories like these make me fantasize that we have an eye-for-an-eye legal code. And how could this rather small shelter not have witnessed this abuse and intervened?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 27, 2014 3:47:14 PM

  15. so, i guess the Gay Community made him act a certain way, right? because that's why people act FEM, or GAY, because the gay community pressures them into acting like that to "fit in", right?


    this is not the first case like this. and it will sadly not be the last.

    she beat and murdered her own 4 year old son because he seemed gay. some people should not be allowed to breed.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 27, 2014 3:51:45 PM

  16. When she's in prison the other women will likely make this primate pay heavily.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 27, 2014 4:03:08 PM

  17. I guess this 4 year old made bad "choices"??? Was he stoned to death, that may be the bible's answer??? Should parents be held to civil rights right laws or does their religious freedom prevail??? Sick!!!

    Posted by: Cody | Mar 27, 2014 4:04:20 PM

  18. Child abuse and murder is child abuse and murder no matter what the story is. Or should we add "hate crime" to her rap sheet?

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 27, 2014 4:09:06 PM

  19. Imagine a four year old choosing to live that depraved 'lifestyle'...

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Mar 27, 2014 4:15:48 PM

  20. I weep for that poor child, but no sympathy for that "piece-of work" mother or her boyfriend.

    Posted by: Carlos | Mar 27, 2014 4:17:22 PM

  21. Why is everyone attacking this woman's religious freedom?

    Posted by: TheSeer | Mar 27, 2014 4:28:21 PM

  22. This is why WE fight for our rights. There is evil in the world that seeks out the helpless. We will continue fighting for the helpless, the next generation, the children to have the equality we were denied.

    Who knows who a child of only 4 would grow up to be, but to pass the sentence of death for just suspecting he might be gay is horrific. This is why we also must monitor the actions of anti-gay organizations because they don't keep up with the ramifications of the hate that seeps out of them into the world.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 27, 2014 4:29:35 PM

  23. To Jessica, child murderer.

    I hate you. I hate you more than I ever thought I could hate someone else, but make no mistake, I do in fact hate you.

    There has NEVER been an instance of a gay parent harming their child because they are straight - yet you wanted to avoid the very possibility a 4 year old could be gay, so you beat the daylights out of him until his lights went out.

    He had an entire life ahead of him, albeit hell on earth with you as a poor excuse for a parent. Your days in prison will be full of energy, life, and a cellmate who will be waiting for you to turn your back. It really is too bad that stories about prison violence against people like you aren't publicized more. This is one story I'd love to follow up on. God, you are a pig.

    I'll bet your only regret is in losing that extra welfare check for the now deceased recipient. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

    The rage I have over anyone who harms a child AT ALL is more than you can possibly imagine. Thank God we have a justice system who will take care of you and BRING JUSTICE for the true victim - YOUR SON!

    As for the rest of your kids - TAKE THEM AWAY! PERMANENTLY!

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 27, 2014 4:39:28 PM

  24. Well. I guess Pat Robertson is wrong. Stoning gays to death still quite viable. Scott lively should be so proud of this woman.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 27, 2014 4:51:57 PM

  25. @SFshawn: it is not necessary to remove her ovaries as you suggest - she'll reach menopause before she gets to go out with a man if the charges are true, and that assumes they let her out at all.

    Anyone who did what she did deserves a life sentence.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 27, 2014 5:01:45 PM

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