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Oregon Mom, Boyfriend Allegedly Beat 4-Year-Old Boy To Death For "Acting" Gay

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An Oregon mother is in court facing murder charges after allegedly beating her 4-year-old son to death because she believed he was gay. 


Jessica Duturo allegedly beat 4-year-old Zachary along with her boyfriend to the point he had to be placed on life support. He was taken off on August of 2012 and died. Her boyfriend Brian Canady has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault after reportedly admitting to kicking the boy in the stomach just two days before he collapsed and was taken in for medical attention.


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Dutro's trial continues this week after even her 8-year-old daughter testified against her. According to The Oregonian, Jessica says her mother used to give her and her brothers "lickins" for being bad but Zachary would get the brunt of the abuse. She added her mother and boyfriend beat the child until he was sick and then ignored telling anyone he needed help. Doctors say Zachary had tears in his bowel and were unable to treat the child because by the time they saw him, he was essentially dead.

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