Mother for­gives daugh­ter’s killer, fights for his re­lease

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

CAN­TON | The mother of a preg­nant woman slain by her boyfriend, a for­mer Ohio po­lice of­fi­cer, has for­given the man and per­suaded prison of­fi­cials to al­low the cou­ple’s sur­viv­ing child to visit him be­hind bars.

Patty Porter, 70, also is work­ing for the early re­lease of Bobby Cutts Jr., The Can­ton Repos­i­tory re­ported.

“I think he’s been bro­ken, and I think he has al­lowed God to heal him,” Ms. Porter told the news­pa­per.

Cutts was sen­tenced to life in prison in 2008 for the mur­der of Jessie Davis, 26, and their un­born daugh­ter. He left be­hind their son, Blake, now 12 and in Ms. Porter’s care.

The for­mer Can­ton City po­lice of­fi­cer tes­ti­fied that he el­bowed Davis in the throat dur­ing an ar­gu­ment in their home in Stark County’s Plain Town­ship.

Ms. Porter grap­pled with her daugh­ter’s death af­ter Cutts’ trial. She thought about Cutts serv­ing his prison sen­tence as she took care of his son. Porter said a spir­i­tual mo­ment con­vinced her to for­give him. She said she

be­lieves for­give­ness will help both her and her grand­son heal.

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