Mother Beat 4-Year-Old Son to Death Fearing He Was Gay?

An Oregon mother who beat her all of her children on a regular basis was especially hard on her three-year-old son. Allegedly, on the day before Zachary’s fourth birthday his mother, Jessica Dutro, beat him to death because she presumed he was gay. Earlier this month Brian Canady, Jessica’s live-in boyfriend, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for Zachary’s death. In August 2012 little Zachary died from stomach injuries while the family was living in Tigard at the Good Neighbor shelter. Director of the Good Neighbor Center, Jack Schwab, said Jessica and Brian lived at the shelter for five, maybe six weeks. Even though the staff believed the children behaved a bit strangely there was never any apparent sign of child abuse.

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