'Where is baby Joe?' crowd chants as parents head to court

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) - The parents of 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels appeared in a Dickson County courtroom Friday morning.

Joseph and Krystal Daniels were arraigned after their son Joe Clyde was reported missing last week.

A group of supporters of Joe Clyde spent hours in front of the courthouse with signs, chanting "where is baby Joe?" as both parents were led in and out of the courthouse.  

Joseph Daniels has been charged with murder while Krystal Daniels is facing charges of child abuse and neglect. They are both scheduled to appear in court again on June 4 at 9 a.m.  

When Krystal Daniels was asked if she understand the charges against her, she replied "I guess." She also said she cannot afford an attorney. 

Krystal Daniels was taken into custody on Monday, two days after her husband, Joseph Daniels, was booked for their son’s murder. 

LISTEN: Father's 911 call to report Joe Clyde Daniels missing

According to an affidavit, Krystal Daniels admitted to police Monday she was present when Joe Clyde was killed by his father. 

She reportedly failed to report the abuse, which resulted in Joe Clyde's death and knew his father disposed of his body, according to police. 

It was alleged during the course of the investigation that the boy's father, Joseph Ray Daniels, intentionally beat his son to death at the family's home before hiding his body. Joe Clyde's remains still have not been found. 

Joseph Ray Daniels is charged with one count of criminal homicide and is being held on a $1 million bond. 

His wife, Krystal Daniels, is also being held on a $1 million bond. 

Dickson County resident Dutch Bryant brought a microphone, speaker and a litany of homemade signs to the Daniels' first court appearance. He says he believes the Daniels are responsible for their child's death and are hurting Dickson by not telling law enforcement where Baby Joe is located.

"The discovery of his body will allow us to put him in a resting place where the community can heal and mend," Bryant told News 2. "This will be a stain on our county that will be hard to scrub off."

Others we spoke with feel personally affected by Baby Joe's death and still more feel they are his voice.

"I have a 16-year-old and I know that sometimes they don't do everything the way they're supposed to but they don't deserve this," said one man.

"I had searched from day one," said resident Vanessa Owens. "I have grandchildren and children and I couldn't even imagine why. Why? And this baby needs to be at peace."

Most of the protestors said they will come back for the Daniels' next court appearance on June 1.

"We've got to be those people to stand up and have that voice for Joe," said Amanda Sanders. "He no longer can."

The Daniels will have their preliminary hearings on June 1. We can expect new discovery in the case.

The prosecutor must show the judge that there is probably cause so some evidence will be aired in open court.

The preliminary hearing is at 9:00 a.m. at the Dickson County Courthouse.




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