Docs: Man admits kicking child in the stomach; child later dies

Docs: Man admits kicking child in the stomach; child later dies
Brian Canady.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man arrested and accused in causing the death of a 4-year-old boy admitted he kicked the child in the stomach, according to newly released court documents Tuesday.

Brian Canady, 23, and Jessica Dutro-Boggess, also 23, were arrested Monday at a Tigard housing shelter. Dutro-Boggess was the boy's mother and Canady was her live-in boyfriend.

Court documents say Canady got into an argument with another resident at the Good Neighbor Center at 11130 S.W. Greenburg Road in Tigard at about 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 and ended up taking out his anger on the boy when he didn't listen to orders to sit in front of the television.

Dutro-Boggess faces charges for not telling authorities after she found out. The couple was also caring for three other children and had been living at the shelter for several weeks.

Police say Canady had lost his job and he, his girlfriend and the children were forced to move into the shelter. Canady told police he had found employment. The family was about to move into permanent housing, according to police.

The three children are now in state custody.

Police say the alleged incident happened two days before the boy was taken to the hospital. They say during those two days the couple told them the boy vomited and had diarrhea but didn't think the boy required medical assistance. It wasn't until the couple couldn't revive the boy after he lost consciousness at about 7:30 a.m. Aug. 14 that they called 911.

Canady also told police that a few hours before the child lost consciousness he began having difficulty walking and had trouble staying alert.

According to the court documents, the couple told police that even though they knew the child’s condition was the result of him being kicked in the stomach they didn't take him to a doctor for fear of getting into trouble.

Police say Canady admitted to them this wasn't the first time he had kicked the boy, saying he had kicked him several times before in the legs. He also admitted to police that he beat the boy with a belt on multiple occasions.

Police say a doctor at the hospital told them the boy likely would have survived had he gotten medical attention shortly after being injured.