Brian Canady told police he didnt seek medical treatment for 4-year-old

A mother and her boyfriend now face murder charges in the death of a 4-year-old Tigard boy.

Brian Canady and Jessica Dutro-Boggess, both 23, were arrested last week in the death of Dutro-Boggess’ son Zachary Dutro-Boggess.

Canady had initially been charged with murder by abuse, and Dutro-Boggess faced manslaughter charges in the death.

Prosecutors changed the charges after the pair faced a grand jury on Monday.

Canady now faces five counts of felony murder and one count of second-degree assault. Dutro-Boggess faces four counts of murder.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Washington County Circuit Court, Canady told Tigard police detectives he had beaten the 4-year-old with a belt in the past and had kicked him. After the last assault left the boy with obvious injuries, Canady reportedly told police he did not seek medical attention for Zachary for fear that his actions would be discovered.

Canady and Dutro-Boggess were staying at the Good Neighbor Center homeless shelter on Southwest Greenburg Road with Zachary and their three other children for about five weeks.

Canady reportedly told detectives he was upset after arguing with another resident at the homeless shelter on Aug. 12, went into the family’s room and told the boy to sit in front of the television. When the boy didn’t listen, Canady reportedly told police he kicked him in the abdomen while wearing shoes.

Later, Canady said Zachary began to vomit and had diarrhea, and collapsed at about 4 a.m. Aug. 14, two days after the last abuse allegedly took place.

Neither Canady nor Dutro-Boggess were able to revive him and then decided to call 911.

The boy’s small intestine was punctured after blunt force trauma caused the organ to press against his spine, doctors told police.

Doctors told Tigard police they believed the two perforations were caused by abuse.

The boy died Aug. 16 due to blunt force trauma to his abdomen, according to an autopsy.

The boy would likely have survived his injuries if he had received medical attention, according to officials.

Canady and Dutro-Boggess are scheduled to be back in court on Monday, Sept. 10.

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