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Jury:  Mom guilty of beating her son to death, fearing he was gay

By Emily Sinovic KATU News and Staff
Published: Apr 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM PDT
Last Updated: Apr 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM PDT

HILLSBORO, Ore. – A jury has found a Washington County mother guilty of beating her 4-year-old son to death because she feared he was gay.
The jury got the case Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors said 25-year-old Jessica Dutro abused, tortured and ultimately killed her son, Zachary, in August 2012 while living with her boyfriend, Brian Canady, and three other kids at a shelter in Tigard.

Dutro appeared stoic as the judge read the verdict - guilty of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and assault.

In court Wednesday prosecutors accused Dutro for being a narcissistic liar who never cared whether her son lived or died. They said she beat him so often that it was “systematic dehumanization” of the boy.

The prosecution argued that Dutro knew she was hurting her child and lied about it. Additionally they say a then 7-year-old watched it happen.

The defense said that witness wasn’t reliable, but conceded Dutro may not be a great mother. The defense argued, though, she wasn’t the reason her son died; instead, it said it was her boyfriend, Canady, who killed Zachary.

Canady has already taken a plea deal.

At points during the trial Wednesday, Dutro wiped tears from her face.

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Re: Jury: Mom guilty of beating her son to death, fearing he was gay
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 11:03:17 PM »
No different than the excuse these crazy women use such as "possessed by a demon" or "God told me to do it."
"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them."  H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections." -Lord Acton

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