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Missing 2-year-old Raleigh boy's father charged with murder

Posted December 25, 2014

— Investigators have arrested the parents of a missing 2-year-old boy, charging his father with murder and his mother with misdemeanor child abuse, Raleigh police said Thursday morning.

"Investigative developments overnight by Raleigh Police Department detectives have led the Tristan Blue missing-person case in a new direction," spokesman Jim Sughrue said in a statement.

Steven Daniel Blue, 31, and Briana Loriel Dangerfield, 25, both of 5416 Portree Place, #1, Raleigh, were taken into custody Thursday morning. Blue was being held in the Wake County jail without bond; Dangerfield was jailed under a $100,000 bond.

Tristan's body, however, has not been found, and police did not provide any other details about the case.

"Officers and detectives will be doing follow-up work concerning all aspects of the case today and in the days ahead," Sughrue said in an email. "Certainly, work to determine the location of the child's remains will be part of that effort."

Officers started looking for Tristan on Wednesday after family members reported that he wandered away from Arbor Creek Apartments off Buck Jones Road in southwest Raleigh as early as 7:45 a.m.

An arrest warrant alleges Dangerfield left the child at home unattended while she went to work.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified told WRAL News that she went to do laundry around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and saw the door to Dangerfield and Blue'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 call police when officers knocked on her door.

Darkness forced police to suspend their search Wednesday night, but officers remained at the apartment complex overnight and access to the neighborhood was restricted to residents.

A tow truck carried a silver station wagon, which neighbors said belonged to the family, from the complex around 6 a.m. Thursday, and crime scene tape surrounded dumpsters by the apartment building.


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  • Realthoughts Dec 26, 2014

    The NAACP and protestors can march for making communities safer just like they can march to create racial divide. Just think about the Rev. Bar marching in a high crime community asking for violence, drug use and more to come to a stop. Just think what could happen if a community took back what thieves and drug users take every day. And, please don't tell me that is the job for the police.

  • lovebelle99 Dec 26, 2014

    Grand Union:
    The answer to your statement & your question is the NAACP should protest to stop this stuff in their communities vs. acting like the victims & blaming the rest of society. That would be a start.

  • Realthoughts Dec 26, 2014

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    As to your question on race, nothing other than percentages for it to happen are greater among blacks than whites.

    As for suggestions, the NAACP can help organize and sponsor programs that might have helped this mom. They can march in communities where children get shot by stray bullets. They could focus more on the "Advancement" part of NAACP than seek out opportunities of creating racial divide. Change starts at the community level and if these groups were more focus many communities would be a lot safer to live in.

  • Freda Kerr Dec 26, 2014
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    Women have kids they don't want because someone tells them it's the "right" thing to do, no matter what horrendous life (and/or death) the child might have. And there are hundreds of thousands of kids stuck in foster care so the thousands wiling to take them in just aren't there - those willing want perfectly healthy white babies.

  • patientsafety Dec 26, 2014

    How sad that this mom felt she had no family and friend support. I read reports that linked me to mom's Facebook and it seems mom had relatives (in Pennsylvania and maybe more) that cared about her and Tristan. The reviews from the apartment complex mom lives in are frightening and horrible. There has to be a take-away that single moms find some family and friend support so that they do not ever leave a baby alone for such a basic need as going to work.

  • Grand Union Dec 26, 2014

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    What has race got to do with this story?......you do know that white folks sometimes kill thier kids too?

    What do you suggest we do to reduce this sort of crime? What changes do you imagine protests by the NAACP could bring about that would prevent or reduce such crimes? The one answer I know of, the adequate finding of County child services, is not one I think the Right would support.....

  • Realthoughts Dec 26, 2014

    This such a tragedy and very sad. Here is they kind of crime that all the protestors should be marching against. The sad part is this happens day after day with no concern or call for justice or change and that is the real crime. Who is going to speaking out for this 2 year old boy, surely not the NAACP or protestors.

  • Wolfpack Granny Dec 26, 2014
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    Since the body has yet to be found, that monster must have killed him and dumped his body in the trash like a piece of garbage. How very sad!!! Instead of experiencing the joys of Christmas like any child that age, he breathed his last. I have a granddaughter that age so this has really upset me. Why do people continue to have children if they don't want them in the first place??? There are so many childless couples out there that would have loved to have adopted that cute little boy. I agree with Feisty...I hope he rots in hell.

  • datruf Dec 26, 2014

    Being that it is still in the investigative stage the story is unclear. These two people have the same address. The mother leaves for work and the child is left unattended. Where was the dad when she went to work? The dad then winds up at this address sometime after that and fatality harms the child?
    He was a beautiful little boy - who should have been awaiting santa. He should be up playing with his new toys right now. Heartbreaking. If you do not want a child or cannot care for the child - allow someone else to give them the life they deserve! There are literally 100,000's of wonderful people that would gladly take over your responsibility and do it the RIGHT WAY.

  • Janene DiPierro Dec 26, 2014
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    There is a special place in hell for people like this! It was Christmas eve... how shameful. I pray for that little boy and shame on CPS! If you have common sense you can tell the difference in child abuse and discipline... now a days they are so quick to judge those trying to raise a good human and let the true animals slip right thru their fingers and we then have to hear stories like this! Prayers to you Tristan.