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Missouri mother charged with murdering toddler son

Prosecutors charge Missouri mother with second-degree murder in 13-month-old son's death By The Associated Press

AFFTON, Mo. (AP) ' Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old suburban St. Louis woman with murdering her 13-month-old son.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Wednesday that Shelby Dasher is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, Tyler. She was arrested early Wednesday and is being held on $500,000 cash bond.

McCulloch says Dasher admitted to police that she repeatedly struck her son because he was crying and "wouldn't lay down, wouldn't go back to sleep." He says she told police she disposed of the body.

Dasher reported her son missing Tuesday. Police say she initially 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 about a mile from his home.

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