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Woman who killed 4-year-old son for ‘walking and talking gay’ gets life in prison

Woman who killed 4-year-old son for ‘walking and talking gay’ gets life in prison

Jessica Dutro, a 25-year-old Oregon woman, convicted in the murder of her 4-year-old son Zachary Dutro-Burgess has been sentenced to life in prison on Friday in a Washington County Circuit Court. She will serve 25 years for her murder and second-degree assault conviction before she gets her first chance at parole.

Her boyfriend, Brian Canady, 24, was sentenced to 12 and a half years’ prison. According to Oregon Live, he received a plea deal after testifying against his girlfriend, and pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Judge Don Letourneau told Dutro in court: ‘Parents are supposed to protect their kids. And you were the most dangerous thing in your kids’ lives.’

The court earlier heard that Dutro wrote to her boyfriend on Facebook to tell him she feared her son was gay, using a slur: ‘He walks and talks like it. Ugh.’ He would have to ‘work on’ Zachary ‘big time’, she wrote.

Prosecutors said the toddler died of blunt-force trauma to his abdomen and delay in medical treatment.

On August 14, 2012, a day after Zachary turned four, he was rushed to a Portland hospital where doctors diagnosed him with blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, which caused his bowels to tear.

On the day, Dutro and her boyfriend called 911 to report that her son was unconscious after collapsing at Good Neighbor Center, a family homeless shelter in which the couple lived with Dutro’s three children.

When Zachary arrived at the hospital his brother, then 3, had five broken ribs and bruises all over his body while his then 7-year-old sister was also covered in bruises.

Dutro and Canady have one son together. Doctors did not find evidence of abuse on the child, who was still a baby when Zachary died.

Dr Danny Leonhardt, who examined Zachary, testified that by the time his parents sought medical help for the toddler, he ‘essentially was dead.’

Leonhardt said that the contents of his torn intestines had leaked out into his body for at least two days, resulting in a deadly infection.