Three-Month-Old Baby Is Portland’s Youngest Homicide Victim in 2021


Dakota Kurtis Means is accused of recklessly killing his baby son with “extreme indifference to the value of human life” and “having previously engaged in a pattern and practice of assault and torture of a child under age 14,” according to court filings.

In a civil domestic violence filing, his wife wrote that the infant, Hunter Means, was “deceased due to injuries” by Dakota Means.

The baby was found limp at his North Portland apartment on April 17 and taken to a local hospital.

The boy suffered a brain bleed and broken ribs. His father was home with him at the time the injuries occurred, according to investigators.

He remained on life support until June 23. Hunter was three months old when he died, his mother Gabriella Means said.

“I didn’t get to know him that well,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“He was only six weeks when he went into the hospital. I wish I could have gotten more time.”

In a separate assault case, Dakota Means pleaded guilty last year to threatening a contractor near the federal courthouse with a paintball gun and making remarks about coming back with an “AR,” which the worker took to mean assault rifle.

Means had confronted the worker in late August 2020 while in downtown to participate in protests.

At his sentencing in January for assault on a federal officer, he was placed on one year of probation after having earlier served 60 days in jail.

His lawyer said that Means early this year was living with his wife and was expecting a second child in March. Means also was set to get a mental health assessment and treatment, the lawyer said then.