Missouri Mother Charged With Murdering Toddler Son

Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old suburban St. Louis woman with murdering her 13-month-old son.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Wednesday that Shelby Dasher is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, Tyler. She was arrested early Wednesday and is being held on $500,000 cash bond.

McCulloch says Dasher admitted to police that she repeatedly struck her son because he was crying and "wouldn't lay down, wouldn't go back to sleep." He says she told police she disposed of the body.

Dasher reported her son missing Tuesday. Police say she initially told them she overslept that morning and discovered him gone from his crib when she awoke.

People walking a dog discovered the boy's body later Tuesday near a cemetery about a mile from his home.


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A person has been taken into custody in connection with the death of a 1-year-old boy whose body was found near a St. Louis County cemetery.

Police say in a news release that the person was taken into custody early Wednesday in the disappearance and death of Tyler Dasher.

The person has not been booked into jail and police say no further information will be released until the prosecuting attorney reviews the investigation.

Tyler was reported missing from his home in Affton, about 10 miles southwest of St. Louis, around 11 a.m. Tuesday. His mother, Shelby Dasher, told police she overslept that morning and discovered him gone from his crib when she awoke.

Tyler's body was discovered Tuesday afternoon near a cemetery, about a mile from home.


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Saint Louis Police say they have found the body of a one-year-old boy who was reported missing Tuesday morning.

Late Tuesday night, police confirmed they found the body of 13-month-old Tyler Dasher in a wooded area about one mile from the child's home.

Friends and neighbors broke down when they heard the news outside of the family's home Tuesday night.

Police have not said how the child died or if foul play is suspected.


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