A 5-year-old boy with autism who was reported missing in Tennessee earlier this week is believed to be dead. His father is under arrest for “intentionally” killing him, authorities said Saturday.
Joseph Ray Daniels, 29, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with one count of criminal homicide, after authorities determined he had intentionally killed his son, Joseph “Joe Clyde” Daniels, sometime on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, according to Jason Locke, deputy director at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. The father has been booked in Dickson County Jail on $1 million bond, Locke said.
Joe Clyde Daniels had autism and was nonverbal. He was reported missing by his parents Wednesday morning, and authorities began a three-day “exhaustive search” for the young boy, with the hope of finding the child and bringing him home safely, according to Locke.
“Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that I have to inform you of a turn of events,” Locke said at a press conference Saturday morning. “During the course of the investigation, it was determined the child’s father Joseph Daniels intentionally killed his son in his residence and then hid his body.”
“It’s just been a devastating end to this,” the sheriff said. “A lot of people have poured their heart and soul into this.”