While the search for his son’s body continued into a second week, Joseph Ray Daniels, who police say admitted killing his 5-year-old autistic son in Dickson County, arrived this morning for a court hearing. Led into the courthouse in an orange jail jumpsuit, shackles and a bulletproof vest, Daniels was met by a crowd of protesters, who chanted, “Where is Baby Joe?”
Charged with criminal homicide in the death of Joe Clyde Daniels, Daniels met his court-appointed attorney and waived a preliminary hearing.
Court documents released Monday indicate Daniels told investigators he beat Joe Clyde to death, put his son’s body in the trunk of his car and disposed of the remains in what he termed a “remote area.”
A 911 call from Daniels the morning of April 4 touched off a massive search for the autistic and non-verbal child. Daniels told a 911 dispatcher his son must have unlocked the door and wandered off.
He later allegedly admitted having struck the child repeatedly with a closed fist until he died, at their home on Garners Creek Road in Dickson, according to the arrest report.
Held on a $1 million bond in the Dickson County jail, Daniels was placed under a suicide watch, according to booking documentation.
Joe Clyde’s mother, Krystal Daniels, appeared in court this morning this morning on charges of aggravated child neglect or endangerment.
Followup court hearings for Joseph Daniels and Krystal Daniels are set for June 1.