TBI: Father confesses to killing 5-year-old Dickson boy


The father of a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing in Dickson County has been charged with his murder. The affidavit from the Dickson County Sheriff’s office say he beat him repeatedly before dumping his body in a remote area.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Joseph Ray Daniels intentionally killed Joe Clyde Daniels sometime before Wednesday morning and hid his body. The boy’s father confessed to killing his son, Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said.

Joe Clyde was reported missing by his parents who claimed he was last seen at his home on Garner’s Creek Road Tuesday night.

His parents told investigators they discovered he was missing when they went to wake him up for school around 5:20 a.m. After searching their home and property for nearly an hour, they called 911 just before 6:30 a.m. to report the boy missing.

News 2 spoke to the boy’s father by phone Friday afternoon. He said he is afraid his son is “lonely, tired, scared and confused.” 

He also told News 2 “Baby Joe,” as the family calls him, has snuck out of the their home before, but it was always during the day and he would always be found nearby. 

The family said they are praying for the best, but are “really scared.” 

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