TENNESSEE CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Friday, excavators were on scene as agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continued their search for the remains of “Baby Joe” Clyde Daniels.

For most of the day, TBI agents concentrated their efforts at the back of the property where the grandparents of Joe Clyde Daniels live.

As of Friday evening, authorities told News 2 nothing had been uncovered.

The agency first executed the search warrant on Thursday and began removing high brush and shrub near a fence area.

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Joe Clyde Daniels

Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said investigators are planning to return Saturday and continue the search through the weekend.

“Baby Joe” was reported missing by his parents on April 4, 2018. Hundreds of law enforcement and the community gathered to search for the boy, hoping he was still alive.

A few days later, on April 7, Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe made the announcement that Joseph Daniels had been charged with criminal homicide in the death of his son.


An arrest report stated that Daniels admitted to striking his son “repeatedly in the body, upper torso, head and face with a closed fist” until his son was dead. 

It went on to say “Daniels then placed the body of his five-year-old son in the trunk of the car and disposed of his son’s body in a remote, rural area.”

Joseph Daniels later recanted his confession.

The child’s mother Krystal Daniels was arrested two days later and charged with aggravated child abuse.

Trials for both Joseph and Krystal Daniels are still upcoming.

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