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Father of missing 5-year-old charged with the murder of his autistic son

The father of a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing in Dickson County was charged Saturday with his murder.

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 4:37 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 4:40 PM

The father of a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing in Dickson County was charged Saturday with his murder.

Investigators report that Joseph Ray Daniels, 28, intentionally killed Joe Clyde Daniels sometime before Wednesday morning and hid his body.

Joe Clyde's body has not yet been found and no motive has been released yet.

The child, who has autism, was reported missing by his parents, who claimed he was last seen at his home on Garner's Creek Road Tuesday night and an Endangered Child Alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday morning.

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.

Hundreds of volunteers and multiple law enforcement agencies have searched for Joe Clyde around-the-clock since early Wednesday morning.

A vigil for Joe Clyde is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church. The church served as a staging area for volunteers during the search.

Daniels was booked into the Dickson County jail and is being held on a $1 million bond.

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