Friday, December 26, 2014

Dad charged with murder in case of missing 2-year-old son (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as STEVEN DANIEL BLUE.

Father of missing toddler Tristan Blue charged with his murder

Posted: Dec 25, 2014 7:36 AM EST
Updated: Dec 26, 2014 2:51 PM EST

by WNCN Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. - The search for missing Raleigh 2-year-old Tristan Blue has now turned into a homicide investigation after Raleigh police charged Tristan's father with murder.

Steven Daniel Blue, 31, has been charged with murder and has been transferred to the Wake County Detention Center. He is being held without bond.

Tristan's mother, Briana Dangerfield, 25, has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse in connection with the case. Dangerfield was also transferred to the Wake County Detention Center and is being held under a $100,000 bond.

Neighbors said the news was heartbreaking for the community. "It's a somber mood," said neighbor, Ms. Mitchell. "Everybody is just kind of moseying around and doing the best they can. Of course there were several plenty of police officers patrolling so everybody is just kind of in a downward type of mood."

An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday evening for the toddler after he went missing at approximately 1 p.m. in the 5400 block of Portree Place in Raleigh.

The body of Tristan Blue has not been recovered and the case remains under investigation, Raleigh police said.

In a 911 called released Friday by Raleigh police, the caller told the dispatcher she woke up 15 minutes previously to find a 3-year-old missing.

The caller said there was a package outside the house and the child was gone.

The caller tells 911 she has walked around the complex screaming for the child and that neighbors are out looking for him.

She also says she isn't sure if the child can open the door to get out of the apartment.

“He can close it and unlock it but I haven't seen him able to open it,” the caller said.

Anyone with knowledge that might assist detectives is asked to contact the Raleigh police tip line at 919-834-HELP.