Police search for missing boy in St. Louis area

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 4:06 p.m. CST; updated 4:49 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AFFTON — Authorities searched Tuesday for a missing 1-year-old boy who was reported missing about 11 a.m. in the Affton area in St. Louis County.

Tyler Dasher is white, weighs 20 pounds, is 2 feet tall and was wearing pajamas with pictures of trucks on them. Police said the toddler can stand but not walk well on his own.

A witness told police a man was seen walking along a nearby street with a child wrapped in a blue blanket. Police have not identified any suspects, but they were questioning the boy's mother and father Tuesday afternoon. The father does not live in the same home as the baby and his mother.

Tyler's mother, 20-year-old Shelby Dasher, told authorities she put him to bed about 10:30 p.m. Monday. She overslept and reported him missing after she awoke about 11 a.m.

St. Louis County officer Rick Eckhard said there was no way to explain how the boy got out of his crib, out of his room or out of his house.

Police said the baby's mother and grandmother were the only adults in the home Monday night and Tuesday morning and that there were no signs that anyone had broken into the home.

A neighbor said she saw a car with a loud exhaust system make a U-turn on the block around 11:30 p.m. Monday and then drive off.

Police were using police dogs, a helicopter and a tactical team in the search for the boy and had blocked off some streets.

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