TIGARD, Ore. – A woman on trial in connection to the death of her 4-year-old son beat him because he showed indications he was gay, according to prosecutors.
The boy died from stomach injuries in August 2012. Jessica Dutro-Bogess’ live-in boyfriend, Brian Canady, pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this month.
At the time, the family was living at the Good Neighbor shelter in Tigard.
According to court documents, the district attorney accuses Dutro-Bogess of beating her son because of the way he walked and talked.
Court documents show a search warrant turned up a message she sent to her boyfriend on Facebook in May 2012 where she uses a homosexual slur about her 4-year-old son, Zachary: "hes (sic) going to be a *** he walks and talks like it ugh it pisses me off."
Three months later the boy was rushed from the shelter to the hospital, where he died.
Dutro-Bogess is charged with one count of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.
Dutro-Bogess and her boyfriend lived at the shelter for five or six weeks, according to Jack Schwab, director of the Good Neighbor Center.
Schwab says staff never saw any specific sign of abuse, but they did believe the children behaved unusually.
"They didn't misbehave. They didn't cry out. They didn't run around. They didn't make a fuss," said Schwab, who emphasized the shelter is required by law to report abuse or suspected abuse.
"Although we thought the family acted oddly, and we discussed it, we didn't see anything that would be good enough evidence to get DHS involved," said Schwab.