Police investigating black markings on dead Affton toddler's headstone

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 9:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Police are investigating after someone used a black marker to change the words on the headstone of an Affton toddler murdered late last year.

Tyler Dasher’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Ellington, called authorities on Saturday after she saw the marking on his headstone at Mount Hope Cemetery.

“I wish you a beautiful peaceful lullaby to grace your eternal rest,” the gray granite marker originally read. According to police, someone wrote “we” over the “I.”

Authorities believe it happened sometime between March 11 and March 17. That was the last time Ellington told police she had visited the grave.

Shelby Dasher, 20, was charged with second-degree murder in Tyler’s death. She’s accused of beating him to death in mid-November, then disposing his body near an Affton cemetery and faking his abduction.

News 4 tried to contact Ellington, but didn’t hear back from her.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate who changed the marker.

“We can’t speculate who would have did something like that, I mean anyone has access to that cemetery,” said St. Louis County Police Officer Rick Eckhard. “We’re not really sure until we have a suspect that we can ask someone why they did it.”

 

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