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Mo. mom charged with murdering year-old son Tyler Dasher

Suspect arrested in toddler Tyler Dasher death CBS/KMOX

Suspect arrested in toddler Tyler Dasher death
Tyler Dasher
CBS/KMOX

(CBS/AP) AFFTON, Mo. - Prosecutors charged a 20-year-old suburban St. Louis woman with murdering her 13-month-old son, saying she told police she beat the boy because he was crying and "wouldn't lay down, wouldn't go back to sleep."

Pictures: Missing toddler Tyler Dasher found dead

Shelby Dasher is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, Tyler, whose body was found discarded near a cemetery about a mile from his home on Tuesday, hours after she reported him missing.

Dasher was arrested early Wednesday and was being held on $500,000 cash bond.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Wednesday that Dasher told police she repeatedly struck her son because he was crying and "wouldn't lay down, wouldn't go back to sleep." He said she also admitted she disposed of his body.

Police said when Dasher called to report her son missing, she told them she overslept that morning and discovered him gone from his crib when she awoke.

People walking a dog discovered the boy's body later Tuesday near a cemetery and not far from a busy road.

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