UPDATED: Police Make Arrest in Murder of Tyler Dasher, Infant Found in Cemetery

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St. Louis County Police
Authorities say Shelby Dasher beat her son to death after a night out drinking.
Update 4:10 p.m.: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch says that Shelby Dasher has admitted beating her 13-month-old son to death on Tuesday morning. According to McCulloch, Dasher went out drinking Monday night and arrived home drunk the next morning at 2:30 a.m.. After her mother went to work around 7:30 a.m. the baby began crying and Dasher beat her son to death and then disposed of the body. She's charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody with bail set at $500,000.

Update 2:45 p.m.St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch will hold a press conference at 3:15 p.m. to discuss the case. More as it develops.

Updated 9:17 a.m.:Tyler's mother, Shelby Dasher, is reportedly the person arrested. More information when it becomes available.

Original story follows...

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Tyler Dasher was discovered dead blocks from his home.
St. Louis County Police announced this morning that they have an individual in custody in connection to yesterday's apparent kidnapping and murder of a 13-month-old Tyler Dasher.

The child was reported missing around 11 a.m. Tuesday when his mother, 20-year-old Shelby Dasher, of the 7700 block of Clevedon in Affton, told police that she went into the boy's bedroom to discover him missing. Prior to that, it had been 13 hours since she last saw her son, putting him to bed at 10 p.m. Monday.

Two people waking a dog around 3:30 p.m. discovered Tyler's body in an overgrown section of a cemetery that lies adjacent to a walking path along the River Des Peres and is less than a mile away from the Dasher home. Police yesterday wouldn't say how Tyler died. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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Tyler's body was found in the woods of a cemetery just a couple blocks from his home on Clevedon Street.
Yesterday authorities said that they had no known suspects and were wanting to interview family members. They added that the home showed no signs of forced entry.

As for the arrest this morning, police say they won't make the suspect's identity known until formal charges are filed.

Tyler's 24-year-old father, Joseph E. Ellington, does not live with Tyler and his mother. Court records show that in April his parents were appointed his co-guardians because he is incapacitated or disabled. His only other court record in Missouri came in 2007 when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of littering.

Shelby Dasher, Tyler's mother, does not show up at all in a records search of Missouri court filings.

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Iamthabishuwant4
Iamthabishuwant4

well  i am a mother of 3 boys they are 13 years old and 3 years old and a almost 2 month old and i could never beat my kids and if they cry it is cause they need something maybe he just was hungry or wanted held but she should be beat to death she got mad cause she wanted to sleep how sick is that i lose sleep everyday and i am glad i do to see my kids safe and clean and happy every day i love them and as a mother  she should die just like that sweet little boy did 

Lizzie Gowers
Lizzie Gowers

If this is true, may she rot in hell. I have two kids, a 2-yr-old and an 8-month-old (and 4 months with #3) and they can drive me nuts with incessant crying, but I would never harm them. I take myself outside for a few minutes of quiet time, or when my husband is home, have him take over and take a quiet drive. Fuck this bitch.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

No damm excuse  so called bitch beat her son   I hope she burns in the pitfalls of HELL.  Little tyler is safe now in heaven. The bitch will neaver see her son. I hope she gets beat up in PRISON.

Sewtogether11
Sewtogether11

for someone to have kidnapped this baby it was after 7:;30 a.m.  People don't break into a house after 7:30 a.m. take a baby, kill it and drop it somewhere.  Sadly, that's what mothers do.  I think again, and again, she wanted to party, didn't want the baby in the way.  But so sad, like Casey Anthony, she did the same thing, but they both had help with their babies.  Grandparents that would keep them so they could party.  Parents should be teaching their kids that the parties are not what life is about.  Not the parents fault, but they could have helped raise a caring decent mother, instead of self-centered psychopaths.  Yes, there has always been mothers that killed their children, but it wasn't the epidemic it is today.  Its a drug, alchohol induced "It's all about me" mentality.  A shame we've gotten this low as a society.  Life really means nothing.  We don't really understand, and are not teaching young mothers, the sanctity of life.  Until we understand that and punish those who don't treat it as such, this will continue to happen.  And there will come a time that it is so common we won't be shocked by it any longer, just as we are no longer shocked by so many things that we shouldn't be allowing.  This and so many cases like it could have been avoided.

guest
guest

how can you do that to your own child. people like her should never be allowed to have children. i hope you burn in hell.

Tim
Tim

You have to be careful when assigning guilt right away, even with a confession.  People, especially parents can so lose it after the death of a child, that they will confess sometimes, EVEN when they didn't do it.

They blame themselves for leaving the door open, or for having some guy they met on the internet come over, or so many other reasons and convince themselves that they did do so.

When I was a police officer, I was frankly very good at getting confessions.  But I had to watch how I went about, because with some people you can extract a confession, simply by tapdancing around in their brain so well, that they end up saying what you want them to say.

HoosierDaddy?
HoosierDaddy?

Calm down, there Your Momma.

Here are some telling questions:

What happened to the the father that rendered him incapcitated?  Was he in an accident? Was he a vet declared mentally disabled?   

I believe both parents to be victims of psychotropic medications.

No person not on psychotropic medications would do that to their baby jsut b/c they were hungover.

Santa Monica Attorney
Santa Monica Attorney

How rude! This should not be bailable.

Did she exactly know what she did?I think she is also a drug addict.

Marilynjean09
Marilynjean09

isnt it strange? Tyler Dasher and Lisa Irwin.... They are both one year old... or about the same size..... they both have little to no blonde hair at all.... they have strikingly odd similarities. Mothers both put their children to bed and thats when they dissapear. Strangely enough both abductions are along the same highway 70. Both cities are just outside the state lines. This creeps me out. I am a mother of three and would come unglued. Praying for these babies. Comeone needs to figure all this out.

Douche_McGee
Douche_McGee

So sad - it's unbelievable that anyone can hurt a child for any reason

StLouisGal
StLouisGal

I live about 5 min away and the helicopters are non-stop flying. Yesterday we were all worried there was a crazy killer on the loose and everybody was taking precautions. So sad for this baby's life to be taken by the one who is supposed to protect him!  (presumption of course)  

BigBlackAss
BigBlackAss

Terrrible tragedy. Now the community will have to hear about this for several months "Monstrous White Kills Baby". Blacks do this dozen or so times a week. Throw their child in a dumpster, deliver in to a toilet, stuff the child still living in to a trash bag and throw it on the side of the road. Whenever it's blacks it's off the front page and no longer even mentioned by the afternoon. Just saying the media is racist against Whites and very very very protective of the africaners.

Max
Max

I think I got it...Her first report was that the last time she put him down was midnight, but then her story changed to 10:30. I'm willing to bet that she put him down at 10:30 and he woke up at midnight and wouldn't sleep so she was exhausted and angry and shut him up for good. People saw someone with a hoodie carrying a baby at 12:30 and I'm willing to bet it was her or her boyfriend disposing of the poor baby boy! When they found out that an eyewhiteness saw them at 12:30 she changed her story to 10:30 as his bedtime. I heard a witness has come forward (family member) saying that she did it in anger. So tragic. RIP little guy and my thoughts are with the family, friends and community. 

Helen Price
Helen Price

if she was a good mother why did she kill her own child all  of her so call friends didnt see signs of abusive someone is lying   well god have mercy on her sole i have grand kids and i love them dearly god bless the grandmother........ keep your head up strong prayer is what everone need now........be bless

Valen61
Valen61

I am Josephs brother and just an fyi, he was and is not involved and he and our family is extremely distraught over this

Chewdog
Chewdog

When checking out her facebook page yesterday, she recently "liked" the group, "I am not a morning person. Do not pull the covers off me. I WILL KILL You" just saying.

Kelly Mccarron
Kelly Mccarron

wow everyones jumping to conclusions just a lil too fast... plus not all this info is completely accurate.  its kind of wrong to just assume it was the mother with no real evdience... shes 20 yrs old prob not the brightest but doesnt mean she killed her child... try to put yourself in her shoes and understand whats shes going through before you are all so judgemental... has everyone forgotten about the ramsey case years back where she was taken out of her bedroom by someone who had done constuction for the family?

momof3
momof3

When did parents killing kids become such an epidemic? Everytime you turn on the news you see that another child has been killed by the hand of a parent of a parents boyfrind/girlfriend.

IHateTheSuburbsEatsAss
IHateTheSuburbsEatsAss

You are correct. If she wanted to be with a colored guy and he didn't want a White child around, she should have done like the colored people do and drop the child with relatives so they can resume their life of debauchery. It's always a shame when White western females "go black" but this is generally always the result, Whites have to die in the process so a colored guy can get some pussy.

Sewtogether11
Sewtogether11

What is strange is we see mothers disposing of their babies like garbage from Washington to Florida, and everywhere in between, and these mothers really believe they can say that they were kidnapped and get away with it.  Some do.  That is what's sad. 

StLouisGal
StLouisGal

They have Mother, Shelby Dasher, charged and arrested for Murder of her son Tyler. Just came through news.

Douche_McGee
Douche_McGee

Now that she admitted it, I would rather her live a long life in prison so that she can remember the horrible thing she did. She can always take her own life to get out of it, but I'd rather she suffer in jail.

Pdjohnson Hilton
Pdjohnson Hilton

You are a totally complete idiot if there ever was one. Don't know what rock you been hiding under but up out of the gutter and enter the real world. Statistics show that blacks take the rap for their crimes as well as other people crimes that happen to be made by the whites. Example: Susan Smith claimed that a black man carjacked her car with her two young boys in the card at an intersection. On the tv boo hooing to please return her boys safely, when all along she rolled her car off a dock with her boys in the car intentionally all because she wanted to be with a man who didn't want her sorry ass.  So don't go judging the blacks and thinking that te white race is holier than thou.  YOU IDIOT!!!!

Kitty
Kitty

See, the way I see it, it's the black children who are killed who don't get the same media coverage as a white child going missing or being killed.  This story was a media frenzy before anyone knew the race of the suspect.  Therefore, the victim's race theoretically plays a bigger role in a story's newsworthiness.  If anything, the media racism here is the opposite of what you say it is.

Having dignified your bigotry with a response, I've done my good deed for the day, which I'm sure won't go unpunished.

bluechip
bluechip

You are a misguided asshole.  Don't like calling people names, but I'll make an exception for you.  What does race have to do with it?  Are you so mad that you have a little dick that you have to take it out on black people?  Well. just to let you know, white people have  big dicks, too.  I've seen plenty at the gym,  So, blame your daddy for your shortcomings and grow the fuck up!

Sewtogether11
Sewtogether11

You've confused the the facts (which are wrong) to Lisa Irwin, the little girl that is missing in Kansas City area.  That baby is not found, and no one knows where or what happened because her mother Deborah Irwin won't talk.  Their were witnesses who said they saw someone carrying a baby.  Don't know if that's true but that is the other story.  Deborah Irwin changed her time line when baby Lisa was put to bed from 10:30 to 6:40 p.m.  Lisa just "disappeared.  This mother had a mother that helped take care of Tyler.  She was partying (again, like Deborah Irwin) until early morning and returned home, obviously wanting to sleep it off.  After her mother went to work, Tyler woke up wanting fed, changed, cuddled, and she beat him to death, dropped him in a cemetary came back home and took nap.  Two different stories.  I think she thought the kidnapping story worked for Deborah Irwin, maybe it will work for her.  Sad story.  Very sad that mothers are so self-centered and heartless that they kill their kids.  A society of violence is what we are reaping.  This makes me sad for all involved in both cases, and way too many like them.

Amy123
Amy123

First of all the rft is known for posting information about most of their stories that isnt totally true so you all need to get a life

Your Momma
Your Momma

You seem like a good person Helen. Unlike the rest of those that are so judgmental, they jump to conclusions. 

Good on you. I am sure God will bless YOUR SOUL. 

Stanley_Ipkiss
Stanley_Ipkiss

This whole situation sucks, im sorry for your families loss. I understand why you have posted here, RFT have strangely given some information on Joseph that has no place in this article.

Kitty
Kitty

I am very sorry for your family's loss. This is tragic for the little boy's family, and our hearts go out to you.

Gina579
Gina579

Everyone needs to remember there are two sides to every story and stop being so critical when you don't know all the facts I guess it's easier to talk about everyones problems them look at your own that's sad just remember the rft is known for not getting all the facts straight and the stupid detectives are real good about half assing the info they give to these little papers I'm not defending this girl by no means what she did was wrong but remember her family is probably going to read all these comments and you all need to have a little comparing

momof3
momof3

CNN has the story with updates. Maybe you should read it like I did before I posted my comment.

captaingrumpy
captaingrumpy

The young parents of today are so selfish they believe they have the right to stop anyone disturbing their lifestyle.   Young people make shit parents.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

It didn't, the vast majority of parents in fact DON'T kill their kids. This shit has gone on forever but the advent of amber alerts and such (which are great because they really help when the kid involved has a chance) brings it to the media's attention more readily which gets plenty of people aware and in a psychotic froth wanting to deal retribution out as quickly as possible. This gives the media better ratings so they look for the next dead child story simply for ghoulish ratings and the cycle repeats as the crimes take place So on and so on and so on. 

Sewtogether11
Sewtogether11

your comment is not only inapproriate and disgusting, but wrong.  stop with the racism.  It has nothing to do with anything.  I am sure there's a blog somewhere where you can spew your filthy comments and it would be welcomed.  God help those that murder children, and God help you, you're no better.

NotMissouriTrashAgain!
NotMissouriTrashAgain!

On second degree murder she'll be out in 10 years having another kid to kill or killing someone else's at her job at the day care center.  Alcohol does bad things to people.

Gina123
Gina123

That's right why do you blacks always think you can always play the race card this has NOTHING to do with anything grow up and get a life

BigBlackAss
BigBlackAss

Look don't blame it on me that black females murder their children in horrendous ways. I'm not going to sit here and apologize for them. I think it's awful the way they've give birth in to the toilet or throw the baby in to a dumpster.

captaingrumpy
captaingrumpy

You are defending her.  What a piece of shit she must be ,going out and getting drunk with a baby at home. In my day, Mothers or fathers did not do that.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Maybe you should, like, not be a Cunt, and realize how time and context are related. 

IHateTheSuburbsEatsAss
IHateTheSuburbsEatsAss

Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind? I have no intention of apologizing for race mixing! I'm not going to sit here and say like you would: "Well if the White child gets in the way of Trondell getting some pussy, the White child should be disposed of so Trondell can stuff her full of neegrow schlong and impregnate her with the genes of an inferior race and then bring that beast in to the world in the White child's place so that Whites can subsidize it"

Fartflappers
Fartflappers

get a new keyboard with a comma or a period on it

Bluechip244
Bluechip244

Google "mother kills child, children" and take a look at the moms that pop up, stupid ass!

Tiddlywinks21
Tiddlywinks21

Agree about the compassion for the family I first hand experienced all the news and internet facts turns out 90percent of the time they are not true! My sister did a horrific thingand she is doing her time for it but the family suffers at the mistakes of their family members and get s ridiculed and talked down to because of that family members choice! She will do her time and get her consequence. And may god have mercy on her soul

momof3
momof3

Who the hell are you?

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