BABY JOE: Deputy called to Daniels property after car parts were found in ditch

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DICKSON COUNTY, Tennessee (WKRN) – A Dickson County MP responded to the property of Joseph Daniels, shortly after the state filed its case against Daniels, the man on trial for the murder of his son of five year old Joe Clyde.

Dickson County Sheriff Tim Eads told News 2 that a private investigator hired by the defense found car parts in a ditch near the Daniel’s property. Deputies were called to the scene to investigate the objects.

Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are not involved in this latest search of the Daniels’ home.

News 2 contacted the private investigator who told us he had delivered new evidence to an assistant on site and would be heading to the sheriff’s office to make a statement. He tells us that he “seeks the truth for Baby Joe”.

Joseph Daniels called 911 on the morning of April 4, 2018 to report that Joe Clyde had “escaped” from the family home on Garners Creek Road in Dickson County.

On the night of April 6, he confessed to investigators in a recorded interview that he killed the five-year-old, who was non-verbal and had autism, and then dumped his body in a rural area.

Jake Lockert, the public defender representing Joseph Daniels, argued his client’s confession was forced and has since been retracted, but the judge allowed it to be played out for the jury and used as evidence at trial .

Pleadings will begin on Friday morning. News 2 has a crew en route to the Daniels property and we will update when we have more information.

UPDATE: The jury returned a verdict on Saturday June 12, 2021. Joseph Daniels was convicted of the murder of his son Joe Clyde Daniels. Joseph Daniels was convicted of first degree murder in the commission of a felony, as well as second degree murder, for beating to death five-year-old Joe Clyde, whose body was never found.

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