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Mother found guilty of murder for death of 4-year-old son

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A Tigard woman is guilty of murder for the death of her 4-year-old son.

A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guilty on the charges of murder, murder by abuse and assault Wednesday.

She was arrested, along with her boyfriend Brian Canady, in August 2012.

Police said the family of six did not have a home and were staying at the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard. Employees there noticed the boy's injuries and called for help.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess was taken to the hospital and died several days later.

An autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner's office determined the child died due to complications resulting from blunt force abdominal trauma.

The investigation led by Tigard police detectives ultimately revealed a history of physical abuse by the child's mother and her live-in boyfriend.

Court records show Canady admitted kicking the boy in the stomach before his death. Canady said he got into an argument with someone at the Good Neighbor Center and returned to his room angry.

He then told the boy to go sit in front of the TV, but Canady kicked him when the child didn't listen, court documents state.

Canady told investigators he did not seek medical attention out of fear the abuse would be discovered. Court documents state Dutro-Boggess also eventually admitted to authorities that she kept the abuse secret so they wouldn't get in trouble.

The other children were taken into custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services.

One of those children testified that she saw both her mother and Canady beat her brother.

Canady pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of manslaughter and assault.

Sentences have not yet been handed down for Canady or Dutro-Boggess.

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