TIGARD, Ore. – Police in Tigard arrested a mother and her live-in boyfriend after they said the mother’s four-year-old boy was killed.
Tigard Police Department spokesman Jim Wolf said medics became suspicious after taking the injured boy to the hospital from a shelter in Tigard on August 14. When they first treated the boy they determined his wounds were “life-threatening.”
He died in the hospital a few days later.
A medical examiner later determined the boy died from “blunt force abdominal trauma,” Wolf said.
Detectives said they found a history of physical abuse by the mother, 23-year-old Jessica Dutro-Boggess, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Brian Canady.
Canady was arrested and charged with murder, assault and criminal mistreatment. Dutro-Boggess was also arrested and charged with manslaughter and criminal mistreatment.
The couple, the boy and Dutro-Boggess’ three other children had been living in a shelter for several weeks and were about to move into permanent housing, Wolf said.
The other siblings are now being cared for by the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Both Dutro-Boggess and Canady are being held at the Washington County Jail.
The shelter's director, Jack Schwab, says its policy prevents him from discussing what staff saw or heard.
"We know what we're doing. We've been doing this for 12 years," he said. "We've had a lot of families come through and we're confident that we do everything we can in every situation."
The shelter provides private bedrooms for up to nine families at a time. And Schwab pointed out they are required by state law to report any evidence of child abuse.