Services set for slain St. Louis-area boy

Friday, November 18, 2011 | 9:45 a.m. CST

AFFTON — Services are set for early next week for a 13-month-old suburban St. Louis boy who authorities said was fatally beaten by his mother.

A St. Louis County judge on Thursday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 20-year-old Shelby Dasher of Affton, a day after she was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, Tyler.

Dasher on Tuesday reported the boy missing from his crib, but the boy's body was found a few hours later in a field near the family's home.

Prosecutors said Dasher confessed to striking the boy out of frustration over his crying.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Tyler's services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Affton. 

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