Chattanooga man gets 25 years in prison for 2019 death of month-old baby

Ivan Dominique Dunton

Over two and a half years after his month-old daughter died from blunt-force injuries to her head and chest, a man pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse in Hamilton County Criminal Court on Friday, according to a news release from the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.

Ivan Dominique Dunton waived his right to a trial by jury and, as part of a plea agreement, was sentenced to 25 years in the state prison without parole eligibility.

When Chattanooga police arrived at a residence in the 2100 block of Raulston Streeton on March 4, 2019, they found the child lying face-up on the carpet with Dunton over her frantically saying, "She's not breathing." The baby girl was rushed to a hospital and soon pronounced dead.