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

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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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