Officials say murder charge against Krystal Daniels caused by ‘human error’


The mother of Joe Clyde Daniels has not been charged with first-degree murder, or accessory after the fact, despite jail records showing these new charges against her that showed up Wednesday morning. 

District Attorney Ray Crouch tells WKRN he made a mistake when keying in the computer codes on Krystal Daniels’ record. He says he typed the wrong code number.

In addition, Crouch says the grand jury decided not to indict Daniels for the accessory charge, but an online service called Mobile Patrol mistakenly reported it. 

She had previously been indicted for failing to prevent aggravated child abuse and neglect and later hindering the investigation.  

Her husband, Joseph Daniels, is facing a murder charge for the death of their son, 5-year-old Joe Clyde. 

Both Joseph and Krystal Daniels were arraigned Friday morning after being indicted by a special grand jury. 

The district attorney previously said the murder charge against the father could be a death penalty case, but a final decision has not yet been made.  

Five-year-old Joe Clyde was initially reported missing from his Dickson County home in early April. His father confessed to killing him a few days later. He has been jailed ever since.  

Krystal Daniels was arrested several days later and remains jailed. She is expected to go to trial next March.  

Joe Clyde’s remains have not yet been recovered.

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