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Shalondre Adams pleaded guilty to causing death of 12-month-old Dominick Smith

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Shalondre AdamsA 25-year-old man will spend almost two decades in prison for causing the death of a 12-month-old baby in Gresham.

Shalondre Adams pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree manslaughter when he admitted he attacked Dominick Smith, causing serious physical injuries and ultimately the baby's death.

The Multnomah County District Court announced Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, a 19 year prison sentence for Adams.

"This is a sad day for everyone involved in this case — the grief and trauma from Dominick's death will last forever," said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amanda Nadell.

The investigation began on Sept. 21, 2017, when paramedics and firefighters received information about a child not breathing in the 400 block of Southeast 169th Avenue in Gresham.

During the investigation, officials learned Adams was in a relationship with Dominick's mother at the time. In the weeks leading up to the infant's death, he was the primary caretaker while the child's mother worked outside the home.

Adams' motive for assaulting Dominick remains unknown.

"The medical experts in this case concluded that Dominick was the victim of a violent assault that resulted in extensive blunt force trauma injuries," Nadell said. "Dominick's life was unnecessarily and unjustifiably taken."

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