Mother of murdered Dickson County boy arrested on child neglect charge
DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Dickson County Jail said the mother of a 5-year-old boy reported missing last week was arrested Monday on a child neglect charge.
Joe Clyde Daniels was reported missing last Tuesday. His father Joseph Ray Daniels was arrested for Joe's murder on Saturday.
Court documents released Monday detail Joe's violent death. According to an affidavit, Daniels confessed to police that he had beaten his non-verbal, autistic son to death at their Dickson home on April 4.
Daniels told police that he "struck his son ... repeatedly in the body, upper torso, head and face with closed fist until his son was deceased," the affidavit said.
Joe died at his residence along Garners Creek Road. Daniels told authorities he put the kindergartner's body in the truck of his car and "disposed" of his son's body in a remote, rural area. As of Monday morning, Joe's body still hadn't been found after authorities searched through the weekend.
FOX 17 News has also learned one of Joe's parents called his school, Centennial Elementary, to say that he wouldn't be in class because he was missing.
Heavy search efforts for Joe began Wednesday and continued for three days. Hundreds of volunteers and local and state agencies assisted in the search.
Law enforcement officials are now searching for Joe's body. So far, his father has not revealed the location of Joe's body.
Daniels was arrested Saturday and charged with murder. He's being held on a $1 million bond and currently on suicide watch, according to jail records.
Krystal Daniels was charged with aggravated child neglect or endangerment and held on a $1 million bond.