Joseph Daniels woke up on April 3 like any other day. He brushed his teeth, combed his hair and went to wake up his kids to get them ready for school. He claims that he instantly noticed that his son Joe Clyde was missing and wasn’t struck with concern – he told police his son had a history of sneaking out of their home. The 5-year-old boy is non-verbal and on the autism spectrum, and Joseph called the police to report him missing after allegedly looking outside.
For 3 long days, Dickson County, Tennessee police officers and a large number of kind volunteers scoured the area for any sign of the poor young boy. Joseph went on television, giving interviews begging people to look for his lost and “lonely, tired, scared and confused son.”
Local news station WTHI reported that the family was, “very worried. Daniels said they are very appreciative of law enforcement and the amazing outpouring of volunteers helping in the search.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a statement after the three day search that clarified exactly what they had discovered.
“After a three-day search, it was determined that the child’s father… intentionally killed his son sometime during the night of April 3-4, in their residence and then hid his son’s body”
The county sheriff soon confirmed their suspicions as the boy’s father confessed to his horrific crime. Joseph was soon arrested and charged with one count of criminal homicide. He was being held on $1 million bail when something else broke in the case that really sealed the tragedy.
According to WVLT, Krystal Nicole Daniels has also been arrested in relation to the case. The autistic boy’s mother has been charged with “one count of aggravated child neglect or endangerment.”
The arrest warrant states, “[Joseph] admitted to striking Joe Clyde ‘repeatedly… with [a] closed fist’ until the boy died. He received injuries to his upper torso, head and face. [Joseph] then placed his body in the trunk of his car and disposed of it in a rural area.”
Despite the confession and arrests, the poor boy’s body has still not been found. They are both now being held with $1 million bonds and will hopefully not see the light of day for quite some time. Only sick, twisted individuals could commit a senseless murder like this, let alone against their own disabled child. They deserve to rot in prison for a long time, and hopefully they have family or friends that can take care of their kids.
Unfortunately, there will not be any good ending to this tragic story. Those kids will suffer for their parents crimes, and the parents will hopefully suffer in prison for a long, long time. Poor Joe Clyde has been robbed of his life so young, and there is no easy way to make sense of this crime.
The community held a candlelight vigil and prayer service on Sunday, April 8 for Joe in Dickson. They honored this boy who’s life was taken from him far too young. Keep the other kids in your thoughts, for they will need all the help they can get.
How long do you think these two horrible people should be locked up for?