A 13-month old baby's body was found near St. Louis on Tuesday. The mother of Tyler Dasher, Shelby A. Dasher, has been charged with second degree murder in the baby's death. Here are some facts in the case, some of which are eerily similar to the Lisa Irwin case in Kansas City.
Case Moved Quickly
Tyler was reported missing around 11 a.m. Tuesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Dasher arrived home drunk around seven hours earlier at the house she shares with her mother and son. Prosecutors allege the mother beat Tyler to death around 7:30 a.m. after her mother left for work and Tyler wouldn't stop crying.
Officials said Dasher then disposed of the body in a nearby cemetery. Area residents walking their dog at 3:30 p.m. discovered Tyler's body buried in freshly dug dirt. Prosecutors say Dasher admitted to killing her baby. Dasher is being held on $500,000 bond.
Similarities to Lisa Irwin Case
The case sounds eerily similar to another one on the other side of the state. Baby Lisa Irwin is also around 1 year old. CNN reports Lisa's mother, Deborah Bradley, told authorities she was drunk and passed out at sometime during the night of Oct. 3 when Lisa disappeared. Authorities focused their investigations around the parents first before interviewing other potential witnesses.
Friends of the Irwin family are aghast that anyone would suspect Bradley of doing anything to neglect or hurt the baby. CBS News reported Bradley said the police accused her of murder which friends of hers repudiated. KSDK reports friends of Dasher's were shocked to learn of his death claiming she wouldn't harm her son.
Differences to Irwin Case
There are major differences between the cases. Prosecutors in the Kansas City, Mo., case haven't filed charges. Investigators haven't found a body, if there is one, nor has a motive been found for the disappearance of baby Lisa. There have been tons of leads, questions and searches but nothing concrete has turned up regarding the safety and well-being of Bradley's daughter.
The Dasher case appears to be simple and clear-cut, yet just as tragic and unfortunate. Dasher is 20 years old and a single mom. She came home drunk and allegedly admitted she beat her son to death in a fit of rage. There has been no mention of how much Dasher's father was involved in his life. Tyler Ellington is the father and he lives elsewhere in St. Louis. Both of Lisa's parents live together and have been raising the baby together.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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