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Mother beats son to death because he's gay

Jeesica Dutro
Jeesica Dutro
Courtesy of Washington County Sherrif's Dept.

There is no way to justify killing a child - period. For a mother to beat her child to death is unconscionable. Yet that is exactly what Jessica Dutro and her boyfriend did in August of 2012. Her son Zachary, showed signs of being gay in the way he spoke and she had no stomach for that. She reportedly told her boyfriend he would have to "work on that," meaning to beat it out of her son.

Apparently her boyfriend took it to heart and on August 16, 2012, the two of them made sure the boy would not grow up gay. In fact, they made sure he would not grow up. Her boyfriend, Brian Canady, kicked young Zachary in the stomach and then delayed taking him to the hospital until it was too late. The coroner determined the cause of death to be blunt trauma to the abdomen.

There is a name for the act of a parent murdering their child. It is filicide. While it is a detestable act, it goes on in the United States a lot more than you think. In fact, it happens about 3,000 times a year. "A paper in the March edition of the journal Forensic Science International provides the first comprehensive statistical analysis of filicide in the US, drawing on 32 years of data on more than 94,000 arrests." That's almost 60 kids a week being murdered by their parents. These aren't abortive murders, but acts of violence against young children leading to death. Fathers were found to be the murderer over 70 percent of the time if the child was over a year old.

Regardless of how negative someone's views on homosexuality are, murder does not resolve the issue. Murder is not even an option. Violence against a gay person is not an option. Spanking a child to beat being gay out of them is not proper. How do you kick your 4 year old son in stomach so hard that you kill him, for essentially no reason at all, and continue to live with yourself. On Wednesday, the judge in the case allowed Facebook messages to be admitted as evidence in this case. May the courts do their job properly.