Mother ‘fatally beat her four-year-old son because she thought he was gay’

Jessica Dutro's son Zachary collapsed at a homeless shelter where he, his mother and his mother’s partner were staying in Portland and died in August 2012.

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On Thursday, her eight-year-old daughter told the court that her mother used to beat her and her siblings if they misbehaved.

The young girl allegedly told investigators that “Jessica and Brian” had beaten Zachary until he was sick and said her mother had told her not to talk about being hit.

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A judge has now ruled that a Facebook message from Dutro to her boyfriend Brian Canady is admissible evidence, where she said her son was being punished because she believed he was going to be gay.


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