4 YEAR OLD ZACHARY DUTRO-BOGGESS WAS HORRIFICALLY BEATEN AND MURDERED BECAUSE HIS MOTHER THOUGHT HE WAS GAY – CCA0148 – UPDATED 05.19.2014

4 YEAR OLD ZACHARY DUTRO-BOGGESS WAS HORRIFICALLY BEATEN AND MURDERED BECAUSE HIS MOTHER THOUGHT HE WAS GAY

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess was a beautiful 4 year old little boy.  Zachary and his family were living in a homeless shelter in Portland during August of 2012.  It was at this shelter, the Good Neighbor Center, where Zachary collapsed, became unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital.  What they found is some of the most horrific abuse I have EVER seen in the decade I have been advocating for victimized children.

Zachary’s mother, Jessica Dutro, beat Zachary to death because she believed the little boy was gay.  Let that sink in a moment, and remember that Zachary was 4 years old ….

Dutro had sent texts to her boyfriend, Brian Canady, saying that her son was going to be gay using racial slurs. ‘hes going to be a fag he walks and talks like it ugh it pisses me off.’  she wrote in one message.  She then wrote that Canady would have to ‘work on’ Zachary ‘big time’.

Brian Canady

Brian Canady

Only two days after Zachary had turned 4, he died of blunt-force trauma to his abdomen.  He was beaten so severely that his bowels and intestines were torn open, an injury similarly found in victims involved in a car crash.  The contents, fecal matter and urine, then leaked out into his body for two days, causing a deadly infection.  However this was not the only injury Zachary had, this angel was covered in bruises, abrasions and scratches.  Old, dead tissue from a deep cut hung off of Zachary’s lip, an injury which a child abuse specialist has never seen before.  His newest injuries from the fatal beating, show that little Zachary had curled himself into the fetal position in an attempt to shield himself from the beating.  Canady admitted to kicking Zachary in the stomach because this little angel wanted to take his shoes off before sitting down to watch TV.  On August 16, 2012, Zachary was taken off of life support, and he received his wings.

Jessica Dutro

Jessica Dutro

Zachary was not the only child who was abused in this family.  Dutro had 3 other children, 2 of which, were also beaten regularly, which was confirmed after Zachary’s treating doctor examined the children and found numerous injuries to all, except for the infant Dutro and Canady had together.  Dr. Danny Leonhardt states that he had gotten a glimpse of Zachary’s 3 year old brother in the hospital, and the little boys face was covered in scrapes.  When the 3 year old was examined, he was found to have 5 broken ribs in various stages of healing.  Zachary’s 7 year old sister had bruises covering her back, buttocks, chest and hips.  Dutro often posted statuses on FaceBook talking of her children misbehaving and her discipline method of “lickins”.  The children were forced to “face the wall” with their hands in the air for hours at a time, if their hands ever faltered, they would immediately be hit.  This is going to sound silly, but bare with me.  Way back when I first met my ex husband, he used to randomly challenge me to see who could hold their arm up in the air the longest without supporting it – and let me tell you, it was HARD!  One of us usually cracked within 5 minutes.  To do that for hours on end, being beaten every time you’d falter, that is torture, sadistic torture.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

There are just so many things that came out in trial that really makes you question how this monster still had all of her children.  A recording of the police interview held with Zachary’s 7 year old sister was played, as this brave little girl also confided to police that she and her other siblings were often hit for ‘not being good’.  The children were warned not to speak of the abuse they endured.  This little angel also described how her mother and Canady hit and punched Zachary until he ‘got dead’.  She stated that Zachary was punched and kicked repeatedly for not listening until he got sick.  Zachary’s sister also described how her brother quit breathing, but her mother and Canady ‘didn’t tell anybody’.  “They beat up my brother, then he died.  I seen them.” – a statement no little girl should ever have to say about her little brother’s murder, let alone witness his murder.

Brian Canady

Brian Canady

The morning that the 911 call was placed, Dutro had placed Zachary in the shower for wetting himself, however Zachary’s was limp with his eyes rolling in the back of his head.  Zachary was suffering a slow and agonizing death, and no one cared.  Dr. Danny Leonhardt testified that after examining Zachary, it was clear that by the time medical help was sought, Zachary was already ‘essentially dead’.  It’s heart breaking to know that had Zachary received medical attention sooner, he very well may still be alive today.

Jessica Dutro

Jessica Dutro

Canady pled guilty to manslaughter and assault for his role in Zachary’s death after agreeing to testify against Dutro.  The plea agreement meant that the four counts of murder by abuse and the count of second degree assault against him was dropped.  Canady was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison.

Dutro was charged with murder, five counts of murder by abuse and second-degree assault for Zachary’s horrific murder.  After less than an hour of deliberating, the jury came back and this monster was found guilty on all charges.  Dutro was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

I don’t know how a 4 year old little boy acts as though he may be gay – he is a little boy.  And let’s even say he was/would grow up to be gay – SO WHAT???  He is your son, you love him regardless of his choice in romantic partners – and you celebrate their individuality.  Zachary’s murder is one that we won’t let slide by without requiring our society to take a good long look at what his happening to our children, what we are allowing to happen, and what we are teaching through our own actions.

Jessica Dutro

Jessica Dutro

They are being taught to hate others because they are different from ourselves.  To believe that they have a right to be critical of all who do not share in their beliefs.  That the color of their skin, their heritage, their sexuality are all things that can make them less worthy as human beings.  More importantly though, is that we are failing to teach them the confidence and compassion to love themselves and others for who they are as an individuals, and to have the confidence to accept those different from them, instead of fearing what they may not understand.  Wake up guys, this is happening in our backyard, and now is the time to finally say enough is enough.

I don’t want to ever have to see another case like Zachary’s.  This little man was beautiful, loving and innocent.  It sickens me to know that this world has lost such a perfect and promising soul.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary Dutro-Boggess

Zachary’s murderers have been tried and convicted, but this is not the end of Zachary’s story.  Zachary will forever remain in our hearts and remind us to slow down, to appreciate everything our lives are offering us, to love others despite our differences, and to look our children in the eye and tell them that they are each perfect just as they are.  That is what Zachary was, perfect.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess - HEAVEN TO HOME POSTER

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~ by LTWH on May 19, 2014.

5 Responses to “4 YEAR OLD ZACHARY DUTRO-BOGGESS WAS HORRIFICALLY BEATEN AND MURDERED BECAUSE HIS MOTHER THOUGHT HE WAS GAY – CCA0148 – UPDATED 05.19.2014”

  1. Your 4 year old canNOT be gay!What Crack was this woman smoking? I think her and the live in dick were mad and took it out on the baby. And where were the shelter staff when these lowlifes were beating the baby like a dog? Most abuse is heard or seen and sadly IGNORED. Forget prison! Give me 5 minutes alone with the both of them and I’ll take care of the problem for free. RIP, Little Man.

  2. Instead of wasting taxpayer’s money to feed and clothes these two let them recieve the same treatment as the child. Let them be stood in a corner whilst holding heavy books and lash them with a belt for fidgeting. Put a picture of the battered toddler in the corner for them to stare at also.Do it everyday from the time they wake until late into the night and extra lashings for “not being good”.They won’t last a month.

  3. Bitich, I remember her on the news, people like them go to prison and get treated like shit from the other prisoners, here in Oregon they do. They get puncked, beat up, there stuff taken from them. They treat chomo’s and rapeist and and Ho’s like her, she got her ass beat and still does, does not matter which prison there in. Its horrible, locked down for life. Sick bitich!

  4. I hope the other women in prison beat her down!

  5. Oh god, I don’t understand how people can do this to sweet innocent babies. It truly horrifies me. How are they allowed to have such easy sentences? They deserve the death penalty.

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