Did Joe Clyde Daniels parents’ abuse animals? Humane Society says family’s dogs were scared, malnourished

Just days before the disappearance of a 5-year-old Tennessee boy, the Humane Society took in abused dogs that were apparently owned by the little boy’s family.

CBS’ News Channel 5 reports that when the Humane Society arrived to a home down the road from the residence of Joseph and Krystal Daniels in Dickson, Tennessee, they rescued two “skinny” dogs and placed them in a boarding and rescue service. Both pups were apparently scared, shaken, malnourished, and covered in fleas and ticks.

“It was pretty sad,” DCHS General Manager Vivienne Akhdary told CBS. “They were very skinny. They were covered in fleas and ticks and were very scared. The dogs were not well taken care of, and behavior shows definite signs of abuse.”

TCB Kennels Boarding & Rescue Founder Trisha Davis said that someone dropped the two dogs off on a stranger’s property off of Garners Creek Road, but the animals were confirmed to have belonged to the Daniels family, who lived around nine miles away on the same road. Days later, authorities were searching the property where the dogs were dropped off after 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, during an early morning 911 call on April 4, Daniels calmly told a dispatch operator that his son Joe Clyde Daniels was missing from their Dickson home. Initially, police had no reason to believe Daniels harmed the little boy but after two days of intense searching, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced that Daniels admitted that he killed his son.

WKRN obtained a copy of the 911 call, in which Daniels indicated that his son must have unlocked a door in the home and walked away. He claimed he went to the little boy’s room at 5:30 a.m. on April 4, when he noticed he wasn’t there. Daniels never asked for help while talking to the 911 dispatcher and the only information that he volunteered without being asked was that his boy was autistic and disappeared from their home off of Garners Creek Road.

Earlier this week, Krystal Nicole Daniels, the mother of 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels, admitted she was in the residence when the child’s father beat him to death. She’s accused of failing to report the crime and taking steps to conceal the little boy’s abuse and death, while Joseph Daniels is accused of killing the child. Neither parent has given information that would lead to where the boy was hidden.

Krystal Nicole Daniels is charged with felony “Aggravated Child Neglect or Endangerment” while Joseph Daniels is charged with homicide. Both suspects are behind bars on a $1 million bail each.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation toward Joe Clyde’s funeral should click here for the Joe Daniels Memorial Fund.

[Feature Photo: Joseph, Krystal, and Joe Clyde Daniels/TBI]