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Mother pleads guilty to charges in death of toddler found in lake

Posted August 25

— The mother of a Raleigh toddler whose remains were found in a Wake County lake in 2014 pleaded guilty on Friday to charges in connection to the child's death.

Briana Dangerfield pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. She received a sentence of six to eight years with credit for time served, which is about three years.

The remains of the 2-year-old child, Tristan Blue, showed evidence of beating, burning and possible dismemberment when they were found in Beaver Dam Lake a few days after Christmas 2014. DNA confirmed the remains were Tristan's.

Under the plea deal, a judge dismissed a charge against Dangerfield of concealing the death of a child.

Dangerfield's husband, Steven Blue, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and concealing death after he confessed in 2015 to smothering the Tristan. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison.


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  • Maureen Mercer Aug 25, 7:58 p.m.
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    May neither reproduce again.

  • Sandy Smith Aug 25, 3:22 p.m.
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    Oh ____...Just give her probation and be done with it! The showed signs of being beaten, burned, and dismembered. That in itself, justifies 10 years to a defenseless little boy that never had a change. I hope they both rot in hell.

  • Terri Moss Aug 25, 12:55 p.m.
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    So 6 years is acceptable for murdering a baby??? Your OWN baby????? I know there are reasons plea deals are offered, but for goodness sake, she should be in jail for life. This crime is unfathomable to me.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 25, 12:16 p.m.
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    Both should have been put to death

  • Brenda Blackman Aug 25, 11:33 a.m.
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    OMG - our justice system is AWFUL....this just shows you can kill a child and get away with it. The judge should be ashamed as well as the DA....Briana you will get your just in the end.....GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU DID.....there is a special place in hell for people like you and your husband. You should have gotten life.