Jessica Dutro and Brian Canady
An American woman is being tried for murdering her four-year-old son, apparently because she believed he was gay.
The Oregonian newspaper reported that Jessica Dutro from Tigard, Oregon has been accused of torturing, beating and abusing her son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess, leading to his death in August 2012.
The young boy died in hospital from abdominal and bowel injuries after he was taken off life support.
In a Facebook message Dutro sent to her boyfriend, Brian Canady, she said that she believed that her son was going to turn out gay (she used an anti-gay slur), explaining that “He walks and talks like it. Ugh.”
She told Canady that he would have to “work on” Zachary.
The judge in the case has ruled that the message is admissible in court.
Canady earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault. He admitted that he kicked the young boy in the stomach and refused to take him to hospital.
Dutro, who has been charged with murder, murder by abuse and second-degree assault, has also been accused of abusing her two other children.