Court documents: Murder suspect describes the day his girlfriend's toddler died
GRESHAM, Ore. – A recently released probable cause affidavit from Multnomah County reveals what murder suspect Shalondre Adams says happened the day his girlfriend’s 13-month-old toddler was found dead in their apartment.
The affidavit says emergency personnel responded to a residence on Sept. 21 for a report of a child not breathing. When medics arrived, they were unable to revive the toddler.
Investigators say the child lived at an apartment in Gresham with his mother and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Adams.
The next day, Sept. 22, a medical examiner looked at the child’s body and found several external and internal injuries including stomach bruising, contusions on the child’s face, a lacerated and bruised liver, contusions to the child’s diaphragm and lung, a scalp wound, and more.
The medical examiner determined the toddler died of a traumatic brain injury and that his death was a homicide.
According to the affidavit, detectives interviewed Adams on Sept. 22 and he said he walked the child’s mother, Judith Smith, to the MAX stop around 6 a.m. on Sept. 21. He said the child woke between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and was “wobbly and drowsy.”
Adams said he tried to feed the child, but the child wouldn’t eat, court documents say.
Adams said that while he was in the kitchen, he heard a loud noise and found the victim lying in the living room on the ground near a glass and metal end table. He said the child wasn’t crying and he gave him a bottle and a bath.
According to Adams, the child defecated on a towel while he was drying him off.
In the affidavit, Adams put the child to bed and sent Smith a text message that the victim wasn’t feeling well.
When detectives spoke with Adams again on Sept. 23, Adams said Smith recently started working and that he usually watches the child while she is at work.
He said when the child defecated on Sept. 21, the child gave him a “half-smile,” making him think the child did it on purpose. Adams said this made him very angry.
The medical examiner said the child’s injuries were not consistent with falling or hitting a table.
Authorities arrested Adams on one count of felony murder.