Last week, the Tennessee authorities announced a breakthrough in the Joseph “Joe Clyde” Daniels case, the 5-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing on the 4th of April. After a follow-up investigation, the authorities arrested to boy’s parents. Daniels’ father confessed to beating his son to death and disposing of his body.
Tennessee Authorities Unable to Find Autistic Boy’s Body
The law enforcement officials recently arrested 29-year-old Joseph Ray Daniels, Joe Clyde’s father, after a man confessed to beating his son to death.
On the 4th of April, at around 5:30 p.m., Daniels and his wife, 27-year-old Krystal Daniels, entered their son’s bedroom only to find it empty. When the authorities arrived, the couple told them that their son, who was diagnosed with autism, somehow unlocked the front door and wandered off from home.
The authorities issued an endangered child alert and initiated a state-wide search. For several days, members of the local police department and from other state agencies combed the county for the boy but to no avail. Their search was also hindered by the fact that the boy could not speak.
A couple of days later, the investigators announced a breakthrough in the case of the missing autistic boy. Joe Clyde’s parents were taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment.
During his interview, Joseph admitted striking the boy with a closed fist over his torso, neck, and head, killing him in the process. Shockingly enough, the boy’s murder was witnessed by Krystal, who failed to contact the authorities, despite having sufficient opportunities.
More than that, the authorities claimed that Krystal attempted to abscond evidence related to the boy’s death. According to Joseph’s affidavit, after killing the boy, he placed the boy in the car’s trunk and drove to a remote rural area where he dumped Joe Clyde’s remains.
The authorities have been unable to retrieve the autistic boy’s body.
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