PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “I know he wouldn’t do anything awful to that kid.”
Cory Adams, the father of Shalondre Adams, told KOIN 6 News Monday his son wouldn’t hurt a 13-month-old named Dominick, who died Thursday at a home in Gresham.
Shalondre Adams, 21, was arraigned Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty in Dominick’s murder. But the court documents are sealed, leaving details of the baby’s death unrevealed at this time.
An autopsy showed Dominick died from a traumatic brain injury and his death was ruled a homicide.
Outside court Monday, Shalondre’s sister, Quiness Hall, said, there is no way he would harm the child.
“I really do hope whoever did it and whoever is in the shadow and whoever is hiding behind, doing this and point fingers at him, what’s done is going to come to the light,” Hall said. “At the end of the day the truth is going to come out, it’s going to come out.”
Cory Adams, who lives in Seattle, said his son felt “compelled” to help Dominick’s mother, who just started a new job. “He was going to help raise the kid,” Cory said.
The father said Shalondre had been living in the Portland metro area for 6 to 12 months and at one time stayed with his mother before moving in with Dominick’s mother, one of Shalondre’s 2 girlfriends.
Shalondre and Dominick’s mother had been dating for 3 years, Cory said, and added Shalondre had been dating another woman for about a year.
“He called me crying when (all this) happened,” Cory told KOIN 6 News.
That call was on Friday, and Cory said Shalondre told him Dominick “wasn’t breathing.”
“He was concerned,” Cory said. “He was really distraught,” and suspected the child had gotten into something, Cory said.
Shalondre “was definitely family-oriented” and called Dominick his “son,” Cory said. He added Shalondre has a child with another woman, a girl who is 3 to 4 months old.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.