ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – When Tyler Dasher’s mother first reported him missing, some suspicion fell on the father, Joe Ellington, who had a limited role in the baby’s life.
News 4’s Russell Kinsaul spoke with Ellington on Thursday and said he wanted to set the record straight about his role in Tyler’s life and about his mental health.
Ellington said that he tried to play an active role in Tyler’s life. Although he and Shelby Dasher never married, he spoke of happy times when all three were together. He also said that the mug shot of Shelby did not look like the person he’d loved. And he was shocked to hear of Tyler’s death.
Ellington said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but it is under control, thanks to medication. He also said that Tyler’s funeral will be held Monday. Details are still being worked out. A Tyler Dasher memorial fund has been set up and contributions can be made at any US Bank.