Raleigh Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering 2-Year-Old Son

The Raleigh father who confessed in early 2015 to smothering his 2-year-old son the day after Christmas 2014 pleaded guilty on Friday to the murder.

— The Raleigh father who confessed in early 2015 to smothering his 2-year-old around Christmas 2014 pleaded guilty on Friday to the murder.

Steven Daniel Blue pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, secretly disposing of a child’s body, conspiracy to dispose of a child’s body and felony obstruction of justice. Tristan Blue’s body was recovered from Falls Lake on Dec. 26, 2014.

Steven Blue was sentenced to at least 33 years in prison.

In court on Friday, Assistant District Attorney Deborah Shandles said an autopsy of Tristan Blue’s body showed evidence of blunt force trauma, cutting, burning and possible asphyxiation.

The boy’s mother, Briana Loriel Dangerfield also faces multiple charges, including accessory after the fact to murder.

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