Jury Convicts Oregon Mother in Killing of 4-Year-Old Son She Thought Might Be Gay


Late last week we reported on the trial of Jessica Dutro, an Oregon mom charged with one count of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault in the death of her 4-year-old son.

Dutro had instructed her boyfriend Brian Canady, who has already pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in the child's death, to "work on" her son, Zachary, sending him a Facebook message that she thought the 4-year-old was gay:  “He walks and talks like it. Ugh.”

A jury convicted yesterday on all seven counts after less than an hour of deliberation.

The Oregonian reports that it was likely the heartbreaking testimony of Dutro's daughter that helped convict her:

If jurors believed nothing else, prosecutors said Wednesday, they should believe the girl. She watched her mom and her mom's boyfriend fatally beat Zachary Dutro-Boggess Aug. 12, 2012, the day before his 4th birthday.

"They beat up my brother, then he died," the girl told her counselor. "I seen them."

To a Tigard detective, she said, "Jessica and Brian, they kept hitting him and punching him. He didn't listen to them so they kicked him and punched him and stuff and they kept doing it and doing it. … They knew he were sick and stuff. And they didn't tell anybody."

Dutro reportedly showed no reaction to the conviction.


  1. jomicur says

    Yet straight parents are automatically better than gay parents. Yeah, sure they are.

  2. says

    Casey Anthony. This woman. That unemployed millionaire-heir who raped his own three year old daughter. Yup. The key to being a good parent is to be heterosexual.

    what a heartbreaking story, in so many ways. not just the anti-gay hatred, but the utter lack of humanity in a person that can actively cause physical harm to a 4 year old.

    i’m not surprised she (reportedly) showed no emotion. she beat her own child. to death. sociopath.

  3. Lee Laney says

    May they both rot in prison for the rest of their disgusting lives. Low life horrible scum, I hope they are beaten and abused for every day they are still alive.

  4. Kieran says

    Sad that there was more coverage of the finale of “How I Met your Mother” than this murder. A “mother” beats her 3 year old son to death because she thinks he might be gay. This didn’t happen in Putin’s Russia folks—-it happened in the USA.

  5. says

    OMG. To beat a child to death is unforgivable and should result in the same punishment. Both of these people should be beaten until they die. I am disgusted. Think of that little girl. She has to live her entire life with the memory of these people beating her little brother to death. They do no belong on earth.

  6. Rowan says

    She is a sociopath, why would she care? But a lot of people believe better he is dead then gay.

  7. Graphicjack says

    What’s also sad is the boy’s sister said she thought her brother was sick… Clearly these model parents have brainwashed this poor girl into thinking being gay is a sickness. And the hate passes on from generation to generation.

  8. MickyFlip says

    Wtf is wrong with people?? He was only 4 years old!!! It’s things like this that really crushes my faith in humanity. This is disgusting!!

  9. MickyFlip says

    Forget parole, forget prison time. In fact, a quick death is too good for these two. Anyone ever read Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun? That’s what should be done to these two!!! Have them live forever without sight, hearing, speaking then leave their emaciated bodies out on some plain for the wild life to devour while they’re still alive unable to do anything!!

  10. Scott x says

    GRAPHICJACK…I think you may be misinterpreting the sister’s comment when she said “They knew he were sick and stuff and they didn’t tell anybody.” I think she meant that they knew he was severely injured from the beating but they didn’t get him medical help that could have saved his life.

  11. Mike says

    Well surprise surprise. The photo of the child clearly shows a mixed race child. And as someone who sees child abuse cases routinely this was probably pure hatred against that poor angel’s father rather than any thing else.

  12. jamal49 says

    So, what? Life without a chance of parole? The death penalty? What’s her punishment going to be? I hope it is the latter. I hope it is as torturous and agonizing a death as possible. If any assistance is needed, I volunteer.

  13. joe says

    is this being reported relentlessly on FOX? Nancy Grace? curious if The Right is as outraged, since lots of em have a bible subscription

  14. Seattle Mike says

    I hope there is a heaven for that little boy. And I pray there is a hell for those two adults.

  15. Gay Guy says

    This is the downside of our approaching equality. Years ago, no parent would have thought about a 4 year old being gay.

    These awful parents have the new awareness but the old mentality; a deadly combination.

  16. Gay Guy says

    That poor little girl who had to see that. I really feel bad for her.

    Hopefully, she’ll be adopted by a loving same-sex couple who will give her a living home, and teach her better.

  17. AnybodyElse says

    I think Jessica Dutro and her boyfriend should be given as an offering to the angriest gays in the gay community to do with as they please. They should be sacrificed for our satisfaction in the most gruesome ways possible. And it should be put online like the Russians do.

    I’m sure catholics, eastern orthodox christians, evangelicals, fundamentalists, mormons, muslims, and eastern orthodox jews would say that this is their religious freedom in action.

    I think cases like this should be rubbed in the faces of the likes of Mark Regnerus forever. Everywhere anti-gays tout the superiority of heterosexual parents, we should shame them with these examples.

  18. ian says

    Religion is evil. This is why Christian gays should not be trusted. They suffer from the same religious dogma as othr religious militants

  19. Shlomo says

    The inclusion of Orthodox Jews in that category is not appropriate. While some of the Orthodox Jews are not the best friend of the gay community, it is a violation of Jewish law to do physical harm to others (even in cases when the Torah prescribes “stoning”).

    Many things that are written in the Torah have been unenforceable since the earliest days. That famous statement by J.C. (“let he who is without sin . . . “) was a mere reiteration of long standing Jewish law; not an innovation at all!

  20. Rob says

    I hope some truly awful fate befalls these two pieces of human trash when they arrive in prison. Nothing can bring this poor little boy back but I sure as hell hope his mother gets turned out by the biggest meanest lesbian in the joint!