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Investigation continues into 2-year-old's suspected death; 911 call released

Posted December 26, 2014

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— As investigators continued their search for a missing 2-year-old Raleigh boy, police on Friday released the 911 recording that prompted authorities to issue an Amber Alert in the case.

"I woke up – I don't know, I guess maybe 15 minutes ago. The front door was open. There was a package outside, and the 3-year-old was not in the house," an unidentified woman said a 911 call made at 1:11 p.m. Wednesday.

Less than 24 hours later, the search for Tristan Matthew Blue – two months shy of his third birthday – had turned into a death investigation with police charging his father, Steven Daniel Blue, 31, of 5416 Portree Place, Apt. 1, with murder and mother, Briana Loriel Dangerfield, 25, with misdemeanor child abuse.

Police said family members reported that the boy wandered away from Arbor Creek Apartments off Buck Jones Road in southwest Raleigh as early as 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Other than an arrest warrant alleging that Dangerfield left her son home unattended while she went to work, authorities haven't provided any details about their investigation.

Also unclear is who made the 911 call.

The caller, whose name was redacted, told a dispatcher she works overnight and that, after waking up and discovering Tristan gone, she walked around the apartment complex calling for him.

"Has he ever walked off before?" the 911 dispatcher asks.

"Sort of. At the old apartment, he was able to open the door. But at this one, he can close it and unlock it, but I haven't seen him be able to open it," the caller said.

Neighbors said the family had lived at Arbor Creek for about eight months.

"They looked like your average family. They were happy. The little boy was happy," one resident, who did not want to be identified, said Friday.

Another on Thursday said that she went to do laundry around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and saw the door to the family's apartment cracked open and papers scattered on the floor.

A couple hours later, the neighbor said, she noticed that the door was still open. She said she was about to contact the apartment complex's office when officers knocked on her door, asking if she had seen Tristan.

Police searched until nightfall Wednesday, and sometime overnight into Thursday, they said, "investigative developments" led detectives "in a new direction" in the case.

As a memorial grew Friday on the sidewalk of Arbor Creek, Steven Blue and Dangerfield made their initial court appearances.

He remains in the Wake County jail without bond. Dangerfield was being held on a $100,000 bond.


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  • Cjsk St Dec 26, 2014
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    He admitted to accidentally killing the boy during interview.

  • monami Dec 26, 2014

    To get an arrest warrant, they presented "probable cause." So they have something leading them to this conclusion. They don't need to "share" the nature of that evidence with the public.

    Regarding the Cooper/Young comment, circumstantial evidence is perfectly valid. Not every killer leaves a fingerprint in blood for law enforcement's convenience.

  • Beth Pearce Dec 26, 2014
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    IF this man did kill his child, I hope he gets the death penalty.

  • Alexia Proper Dec 26, 2014
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    So did the police have evidence to arrest this man, or did they arrest him because he was the easiest one to pin a crime on?

    Eventually they will find this child dead. And they will say, "See! We told you he did it.". Yet, he might have had nothing at all to do with it.

    What are they not sharing? Or do they have nothing to share?

    Both Brad Cooper and Jason Young were blamed without a shred of physical evidence.

  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 26, 2014

    I'm afraid we all know how this story will end, and I pray they find this child's body so the rest of the family can begin the healing process. I also hope they find this child because it's pretty hard convicting someone of a murder that you can't prove happened.

  • Forthe Newssite Dec 26, 2014
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    scum of the earth

  • Barbara Sossomon Dec 26, 2014
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    He needs to tell them where that little boy's body is. It is NEVER going to get any better. You were big and bad enough to kill this child. be man enough to tell them what you did with his body.

    Then, they can send him to General Pop at Central Prison.

  • HGA_Matt Dec 26, 2014

    Has anybody seen details that connect the gap between the mom leaving the child unattended, the door being open for several hours, and the dad getting arrested for murder?

    I don't doubt that the police have found something that led them to this, but if the news is going to keep reporting on it, I feel like more details should be available. Or the news should wait for more details rather than updating bonds and court dates...