November 16th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Prosecutor: Mother will be charged in boy's slaying

[Updated at 7:42 p.m. ET] The mother of a 1-year-old boy found dead in Missouri will be charged with killing him, the St. Louis County prosecutor told reporters Wednesday.

The mother, Shelby Dasher, will be charged with second-degree murder, prosecutor Bob McCulloch said.

The accusation comes after the medical examiner ruled that Tyler Daniel Dasher died from multiple blunt force trauma, McCulloch said.

"Ms. Dasher during the interrogation has acknowledged ... she repeatedly struck the baby, primarily because the baby was not cooperating; the baby was crying, the baby was not laying down and wouldn't go back to sleep," he said.

Tyler's body was found in a wooded area about a mile from his home Tuesday. He was reported missing earlier that day.

The mother had told investigators that she last saw the child when she put him to bed Monday night, according to CNN affiliate KSDK.

Authorities did not reveal how they believe the child's body got to the location where it was found.

An experienced police investigator at the scene quickly recognized that child abuse could be involved, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch told reporters.

"He recognized rather quickly that this just wasn't a missing person. That there was a lot more to this than just a baby that was discovered missing out of a bed," Fitch said.

Before prosecutors announced their plan to file charges, Shelby Dasher's friends defended her in interviews with KSDK.

"She didn't do it," said friend Emily Rowley. "Until those words come out of her mouth, I have all the faith in her."

Another friend, Holly Barton, told KSDK that she had never seen Dasher act suspiciously with her son.

"Tyler's her life. Any time I've ever seen them together, they both laugh and smile. I know that it's not her. I have all the faith in the world," she said.

Barton said she spoke briefly with Dasher on Tuesday after hearing that Tyler was missing.

"As soon as we hung up, she texted me and said, 'Just please pray,'" Barton told KSDK.

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  1. Sin

    Another Casey Anthony...

    November 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jonah


    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tbear1206

    Casey Anthony much? Bet she'll get away with it as well...

    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChristineLA

      She is not pretty, so she should have come up with another plan. She will not get away with it.

      November 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jonah


    November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. liberal dude

    I bet she is a conservative. Or a republican. Definitly a Reagan and NRA fan.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      Or it was your mother, regress much?

      November 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blanca

    I am lost for words... When are our children going to stop being vitims and fall prey to the ones who have the RESPONSIBILITY and MORAL duty of keeping them safe!!! ENOUGH is ENOUGH there should be some sort of psychological test or screening done to parents before they take their chilldren home from the hospital... Especially to the parents who are a HIGH RISK. R.I.P Baby Shelby.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blanca

      I ment baby not Shelby!

      November 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blanca

      I ment R.I.P Baby NOT shelby!!

      November 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robyn

    I love it when ignorant morons make anti-Republican comments in stories that have nothing to do with politics. This is a story about a boy who was murdered, so you might want to try some basic reading comprehension before you make a stupid comment.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

      And you are right Robyn. A lot of these individuals "only think" they're pushing somebodys buttons.
      The fact of the matter is also besides being morons, they are not even liberals...they're just illiterate apathetics. Back to work....later ! 😉

      November 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChristineLA

      I completely agree. The murder of a child at the hands of his mother is not a political issue.

      November 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robyn

    You agree with yourself? Wow, dumb and dumber.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    There must apparently be some pretty convincing evidence.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry

    It's sickening when you can't even be safe with the one who brought you into this world. God help those would do this, they really do need our prayers much more. Look at the alternative everlasting death.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    The children certainly seem to be caught in the cross hairs lately, don't they. RIP to another of societies helpless.

    November 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dr.RUFFNUTT

    missouri is such a nice place... and the people are oh so nice...

    November 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    This is the woman I saw on the news this morning.
    She was on a dating site, advertising for some man to pay her something like 5000./month for and adventurous relationship, or something.
    Please, *please* don't let Nancy Grace get a hold of this story.

    That poor, beautiful little boy.
    Rest, little man.

    November 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      I think that was another child's mom. It's going around!

      November 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robyn

      Incorrect. This is another story.

      November 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChristineLA

      You are thinking of Sky Metalwala's mother.

      November 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trinka

    Another woman forced to have a baby she probably didn't want. Yea, that life was precious, wasn't it, anti-abortionists? Poor thing. Brought into this world just to suffer. This is what happens when you take away CHOICE!!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robyn

      Hardly the place for you to spew your pro choice thoughts. Have some respect.

      November 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • riley

      Last I checked both abortion and adoption were legal in MO. Unless there is some evidence not available yet, no one forced her to get pregnant, have the baby or keep the baby.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    This isn't really the proper thead to bring up pro-choice arguments...for God's sake, have some respect!

    November 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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