Unfortunately, Emily doesn't seem to have
known her friend very well, she was wrong about her! Tyler Daniel
Dasher was reported missing
by his mother who claimed that she had gone to bed the night before and
then over slept. Shelby Dasher said
that when she went to check on her son, he was not in his crib. Less
than 16 hours later, Shelby finally admitted that she beat her son to death
because he would not stop crying, lay down and go back to sleep. Shelby
also admitted that
she had taken her sons body away and put him near a cemetery off of a
road called Des Peres Boulevard,
a few blocks from her home where she lived with her son and her mother.
People who were walking in that
area found Tyler's body. Shelby apparently had come home about 2:30am
on that Tuesday and was drunk. Shelby's
mother went to work about 7:30am and when Tyler started crying and
would not go back to sleep, Shelby beat him to death and took his body away.
Shelby called police about 11:00am to tell them he was missing. Tyler was only 13 months old.
A St Louis County Prosecutor said:
children can be frustrating. There are a myriad of ways to handle that.
Bob didn't say much more
other than adding
that it did not seem that Tyler had been hit with any objects or other
kind of weapon and he
would not reveal anything else about the time of death. Shelby was
with second degree murder
and held on bond of $500,000.
Joe Ellington, Tyler's father, knew very
little about what had happened, in fact, he only knew what was being
reported in the news. Joe and
his family had been questioned by the police and were advised not to
talk to the media. Police were
at the home of Shelby and commented:
"It says to me it's a
pretty sick person. Anybody that would take a child and leave a child
in a wooded
area in that condition needs to
be dealt with severely by the criminal justice system"
St Louise Police Chief
- Tim Finch
Tyler's Grandfather, Johnny Ellington,
said that his son Joe had never been married to Shelby and that he saw
Tyler quite often:
"He was just a
wonderful baby and a beautiful boy"
neighbors said that the area where Shelby lived was a quiet
neighborhood and the people were close. Other neighbors
said they knew very little about the family because they had only been
living in the house about a year: