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Police investigating death of 13-month-old in Gresham; mother's boyfriend arrested

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Shalondre Adams, booking photo (Courtesy: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office) Shalondre Adams, booking photo (Courtesy: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A Gresham man will be charged with murder after his girlfriend’s 13-month-old died of a traumatic brain injury, according to police.

Investigators said 21-year-old Shalondre Adams will be charged with one count of murder and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Detectives declined to provide more detail about the baby’s death, but said the little boy died Thursday.

First responders showed up to the home at the Maple Meadows apartments off SE 169th Avenue to find the child not breathing and unconscious.

Detectives said they didn’t know exactly how the baby died at first, but the autopsy revealed a crime.

Neighbor Cheyenne Lively said she noticed all the police activity Thursday and Friday, but didn’t realize how bad it was until Sunday.

“It’s kind of crazy thinking that something would happen to a little kid like that,” Lively said. “My heart goes out to the family. I’m sorry something had to happen to him.”

Lively said officers came to her apartment and asked her if she heard anything unusual on Thursday.

She said she told them she didn’t, and told Fox 12 the baby always seemed happy and healthy.

“He was the one we saw with the baby all the time -- that actually took care of the baby,” Lively said.

Officers returned to the home Saturday to serve a search warrant and later arrested Adams.

Family and friends created a memorial of candles, balloons and stuffed animals on the sidewalk outside the apartment complex.

The baby’s mother did not want to comment on her son’s death, but friends and family of Adams said he is innocent. They also declined to speak on camera. 

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