Life In Prison For Mother Who Murdered Toddler Son She Thought Was Gay

Screen shot 2014-03-28 at 13.03.45Jessica Dutro, the 25-year-old Oregon mother convicted of murdering her toddler son after suspecting he was gay, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with the possibility of parole. Her boyfriend accomplice, 24-year-old Brian Canady, will serve just 12 and a half years before he is released.

The abusive mother of four was convicted earlier this month after courtroom testimony revealed she had conspired with Canady to inflict bodily harm on her four-year-old son Zachary, after she instructed Canady to “do some work on him.” In a series of Facebook messages presented in court, Dutro reportedly told Canady she suspected her son of being gay because “he walks and talks like it. Ugh.”

Zachary reportedly died from a combination of blunt-force trauma and failure to seek medical attention immediately after the attack. Trauma nurses noted that when the family finally arrived at the hospital, Zachary was “essentially dead,” and his three-year-old brother and seven-year-old sister were covered in bruises.

“Parents are supposed to protect their kids,” Judge Don Letournea told Dutro during sentencing. “And you were the most dangerous thing in your kids’ lives.”

Dutro’s remaining three children will reportedly stay with family in her absence. Their new caregivers told Orgeon Live the children “showed clear signs of neglect” and “lacked any sense of joy.”

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  • Cy

    Life in prison is too good for this woman. Considering she also scarred her remaining three children for life too, four life sentences would be more appropriate, and taken care of that possibility of parole crap.

  • stranded

    the boyfriend getting only 12 years is some bullshit.

  • Tracy Pope

    “…was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with the possibility of parole.” Why would the judge grant this? Was the guilty verdict not unanimous?

    This is a perfect example of someone who should have a forced hysterectomy. No anesthesia. Left to bleed out. Get her to the hospital when she is essentially dead.

    Sometimes “an eye for an eye” is the only sentence of any consequence.

    *expecting hate for writing that*

  • sweetbrandigirl2004

    She shouldn’t get LIFE when she and her boyfriend gave her son DEATH ! They should get what they gave him death and it should be by hanging !!!

  • Billy Budd

    I am against the death penalty, because it is a medieval practice, based on revenge. But this woman should never be let out of jail. She should not have the possibility of parole. She is a monster and unfit to be in human society.

  • ppp111

    I wonder where Focus on the Family is on this. I mean I haven’t heard from them. Gee, wonder why.

  • jorgecruz

    If someone demonstrates that they are not fit to be in society, how does that society benefit by keeping that person alive but caged up forever? Death penalty may be medieval, but there are many societal behaviors and beliefs that are older-marriage,government,taxes,religion etc- and that doesn’t automatically make them less appropriate for today. She repeatedly demonstrated over an extended period of time that she can’t follow the basic rules of any society so I say execute her and be done with it. Instead we will be reading how she is released in 20 years and kills some other innocent person.

  • Billy Budd

    @jorgecruz: The solution for dealing with people who cannot live in society is the life sentence. We are humans and as humans we cannot allow the state to kill people. Killing is wrong, always wrong and even monsters should be spared. The right to live must never be denied, no matter what. It is immoral to kill.

  • Billy Budd

    If someone raped and killed my mother, I would certainly hate him, but I would still believe that it is wrong to kill him.

  • Ogre Magi

    @Billy Budd: Death is quicker and better

  • Billy Budd

    @Ogre Magi: Show more humanity.

  • trojanboy

    Neither prison nor death. Just use both of them as lab rats in a facility that tests deadly viruses with a slow incubation period and agonising consequences. That ought to do it.

  • Billy Budd

    @trojanboy: You see? It is REVENGE that is on your mind, not isolating the monster and preventing further harm. The state cannot act like an avenger. The state has to be moral and balanced.

  • Mezaien

    Like most other children the four years old boy was murdered by HETROSEXUAL bitch! I got the rope.

  • Harley

    But the boy had a mother AND a father, so that’s ok. NOM and FRC won’t have a problem with this, as long as he wasn’t ABORTED.

  • jorgecruz

    Billy Budd you are wrong in your assessment of my motivation. I am for death sentences not out of revenge but because it is better for society to rid us of these monsters and give peace to the victims. The children should know that there is no chance for this monster to get out and terrorize them again. They will be reminded every parole hearing. Their mother will be able to contact them from prison and some day she could get out and try to reach out to them through the relatives that are now raising them. Why should they have that cloud over them for the next 50 years? You have too much concern for the criminal and not enough for the victims.

  • Timm

    I believe people who do crimes as heinous as this woman did, after sentencing, should be used for body parts for decent citizens who are in desperate need of them. People might need corneas, skin tissue, kidneys,
    heart valves,whatever would be required to help them live an easier more enjoyable life, should be medically removed from inmates like this cow of a woman, and used in the transplant surgery.
    Take a cornea, a kidney, a liver, whatever it takes; let the inmate have to do without the needed body part. Of course, they would have to be healthy enough to “donate” the parts, no diseases, genetic defects,etc.
    Those inmates that are incompatible by reason of disease or defect, can be used in medical trials and tests. Why she we keep feeding these scumbags and taking care of them for the rest of their lives if there’s no return on our taxpayers dollars.

  • GeriHew

    @Timm: I’m not suggesting that this woman may not be guilty but it is a fact that innocent people do still sometimes get convicted of murder – which is why the death penalty for anyone remains unconscionable in my view. So if what you are advocating was put into practice it is inevitable that it would only be a matter of time before someone wrongly convicted of a crime they did not commit was punished by having a body part removed or being used in a hazardous medical trial that might result in permanent disability or even death.

    Is that really an occurrence that you are willing to contemplate?

  • Ben Dover

    Murderers tend to suffer more from rotting in prison for decades. Many get a perverse thrill from being executed: the serial killers especially are notable for this. So you guys might ponder that while you’re all wallowing in your revenge fantasies.

    It’s ridiculous and a little twisted for a bunch of gay guys to get huffy about the lack of a death penalty in a “blue” state like Oregon, which is never going to bring it back anyway, or states like, say, Rhode Island and Michigan that haven’t had it since the 1840s.

    @GeriHew: Agree. Although in this case there’s apparently no doubt of this woman’s guilt, the MAIN reason to oppose the death penalty in general is that way too many innocent people are convicted and sentenced to death. Especially in Texas. But I think, unfortunately, when a gay person is murdered in Texas, the authorities tend to make an exception and DON’T give a death sentence!

  • Cee

    In cases like this I do believe in the death penalty. I don’t believe in housing these type of criminals on the tax payers dollar.

  • Blackceo

    I have real issues with the death penalty but when it comes to the murder of children and the elderly or disabled/vulnerable I have a hard time not wanting the person(s) to be put to death.

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