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. cecelia

    scratcher, the worthless "mom" confessed to "losing it" and killing her little baby boy so just go away unless you know the facts surtrounding it. you from pinellas county? your common sense is sorely lacking

    November 17, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. cecelia

    Scratcher: again, you should read and COMPREHEND... YOU would make a terrible juror unable to distinguish facts from fantasy
    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.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • silverback

      @ cecelia,
      You need to learn how to use quotes" and unquoutes" as well as caps in sentences before you start telling others anything. Just saying. :)-

      November 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alisha

      silverback

      @ cecelia,
      You need to learn how to use quotes" and unquoutes" as well as caps in sentences before you start telling others anything. Just saying. –

      @silverback
      That would be "quoted" and unquoted. Perhaps a grammar/spelling lesson would work for you as well. Just saying. Have a great day!

      November 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. *Lee

    This animal needs to be put down like the rapid dog she is!

    November 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • DWS

      what's a rapid dog? Is it fast?

      November 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JALEN

    Why was she not charged with first degree murder. She is horrible.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Because First Degree Murder is a PLANNED event, not a moment of passion or anger. If you bring a gun to a fight or bring a weapon to a robbery, then kill someone, you planned it etc.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily1214

      A charge of first degree murder requires that you have an intent to kill; second degree murder doesn't require an intent to kill. Mom did not intend to kill her baby when she began hitting him; she was so mad at him she was unable to stop.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JALEN

      I thought that if you killed a child it was automatically first degree. I guess I was wrong. She will pay for what she did. Justice and God will take care of her.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • KV

      this was very awful, even she accidently killed her baby, but she put him in the wood and died in there.
      How could the mother can live with that.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Toltec

    Thank GOD she didn't lead Police on like Casey Anthony or little Sky's mom or Baby LIsa's mom. She admits she did kill her child and let Justice proceed.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jointgifts

      except, you know, how she reported the baby missing and that the last time she had seen him was when she put him to bed. not leading them on at allll....

      November 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ms independent

    its a shame that these kids cant enjoy a life with a promising future because their parents r crazy

    November 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TK

    How are her friends saying they have faith that she's innocent when she admited to beating her child?!? Don't they realize that most abusers ALWAYS try and hide the fact that they're worthelss pieces of garbage?!? Maybe they don't believe it because they helped her dump the body!

    November 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    well praise jesus, gods will has again come to pass.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Don't bring God into this, this woman is a demon who slithered out of parts of Satan that shall never be talked about in polite society. However, she will cry and sob and talk about how very depressed she is in jail and once again she will be freed to slither among us like the slime covered anus dwelling demon she is.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Poor baby, he was obviously deliberately bothering her while she was trying to sleep off her hangover. When my kids were babies, I gave it all up 100%, didn't even go to my company Christmas party for quite a few years, because when you have children, you need to keep a clear head always. This little baby was probably just hungry and wet. Just like Lisa Irwin probably was.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. noemi

    Todays women @ 20 yrs old have no common sence.she wasn't married the babys daddy was mentely defected she had been out the nite before her mother lived with her.now I'm sure there well be more excuses shell come up with.But how in gods name can u beat a baby? He was beautiful so cute.she well burn in hell.her defence well b that she has a mental defect.99 percent of american have a defect and they don't kill there babys.and as a parent any parent there has been a lot of times when we just want to reach out and touch them.but we don't were was her mother? She lived with her.in the state of month.there is a lot of things,safe places but,she chose to beat tyler.not walk away call for help.she can never possible have enough excuses to make what she did right because she was tired.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alyssa

    What a trash bag...she should have never had a child if she can't handle crying.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alyssa

    "the baby was not cooperating; the baby was crying, the baby was not laying down and wouldn't go back to sleep,"

    Yeah because hitting a child magically puts them to sleep.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • PDXmum

      Yeah, and magically makes them stop crying, too. At the age of 1 my little one was still not sleeping more than an hour or so at a time, and I was so damn tired I would have done anything to make him sleep, and I worked full time, and yet it never crossed my mind to hurt him.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Poolchick

    I hope this POS gets her a$$ kicked in prison every day and blunt force trauma to her head. Sick people killing their own babies. Hopefully she doesn't get the same jury CA had or she'll walk.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pel11

    Just sickening that a mother can do this to her own. Shameful.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pauloh

    Anybody knows how old this "mum" is ?

    November 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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