Police have charged the mother of Tristan Blue, the 2-year-old Raleigh boy who has been missing since Christmas Eve, with helping conceal her son’s death.
A warrant says that Briana Dangerfield, whom police originally charged with child neglect in connection to her son’s disappearance, knew that the boy’s father, Steven Blue, 31, killed Tristan and helped destroy his body.
Dangerfield, 25, initially told a 911 dispatcher that she discovered her son was missing after she woke up shortly before 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. In the 911 call, released earlier this week, she said Tristan knew how to unlock the door to the apartment she shared with Blue.
But detectives say Dangerfield knew that Blue killed Tristan, helped him conceal the death and failed to tell police about what happened, according to the warrant.
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Dangerfield was charged with accessory after the fact to murder, destroying a body or remains to conceal a death, and altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence. She remains in jail after a magistrate increased her bail from $100,000 to $1 million.
Blue is charged with murder and remains in jail with no bail.
During their investigation on Friday, detectives said they found human remains in Beaver Dam Lake in northern Wake County. They sent the remains to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification and further analysis.
Raleigh police first responded to the boy’s disappearance shortly after Dangerfield called 911 on Christmas Eve. Detectives initially thought he may have wandered out of the apartment, and a search team started looking for the boy.
The ground search stopped on Christmas Day, when detectives said they had enough probable cause to charge Blue with Tristan’s murder.
Outside the apartment where Tristan lived off of Buck Jones Road, a memorial honors the boy whose widely circulated photo shows him smiling and scratching his head. Neighbors say lots of people have driven through their Arbor Creek apartment complex to see the memorial, which includes a candle, stuffed animal toys and a Christmas stocking.
A red pen lies on the ground, inviting others to write messages on a white board that says “Merry Christmas Tristan.”
“God bless you,” one person wrote.
Police ask anyone who might have information about the case to call the department’s tip line at 919-834-4357.