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District Attorney: Mentone man beat mother ‘until she was unrecognizable’

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Tyler Blansit, left, walks in to the DeKalb County Courthouse. Sheriff Jimmy Harris walks alongside him. (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Tyler Blansit, left, walks in to the DeKalb County Courthouse. Sheriff Jimmy Harris walks alongside him. (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

MENTONE, Ala. – A 22-year-old man accused of killing his mother over an argument about his grades appeared in court Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County Judge Steven Whitmire set a $500,000 cash bond for Tyler Ryan Blansit.

Deputies say Blansit confessed to killing his mother, Sherry Ann Blansit, on Friday.  Mrs. Blansit, 45, was found beaten to death behind the family’s home on DeSoto Parkway in Mentone.  She died of blunt force trauma with the weapon being a baseball bat.

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Tyler Blansit in courtroom (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

In court Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Bob Johnston described the incident and said Mrs. Blansit was beaten until she was unrecognizable.

Tyler Blansit was arrested at the scene and booked in the DeKalb County Detention Center. It’s not clear if he has an attorney yet.  Blansit was a student at UAB.

“In over 25 years of law enforcement being on almost every major crime scene in DeKalb County, this is one of the most brutal deaths I have ever seen,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.  “I can’t image how anyone could be so upset over anything that they would beat their own mother to death in this manner. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Mrs. Blansit.”