Joe Daniels

Photo of Joe Daniels, a young boy with blond hair and fair skin, wearing an orange Ninja Turtles T-shirt and smiling for the camera.Name: Joe Clyde Daniels.
Died: Missing April 4, 2018.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder (By confession; body not found).
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Joe, often called “Baby Joe”, was an extroverted boy who loved people. When he went to church, he used to run around in his cowboy boots, which were often on the wrong feet. He knew who kept candy in their purses; Joe loved to eat, especially snacks. When the pastor yelled “Amen!” during the sermon, Joe would make noises in response. He hummed along to all the hymns, but covered his ears when the sopranos in the choir hit high notes. He liked kicking bouncy balls, playing cornhole, and playing tag. He also liked semi trucks and the Ninja Turtles.

When Joe had an accident and urinated on the floor, his father beat him to death and dumped his body. Then he reported Joe missing, saying he must have wandered away. The community searched for the little boy for three days before his father finally confessed to killing him. Joe’s body has not yet been found, but his father was convicted of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony, second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, initiating a false report and tampering with evidence. His mother is charged with child neglect; she allegedly went to bed instead of trying to help her son when he was being abused.

Hundreds of apples–Joe’s favorite snack–were donated to his school, and each student was given one in memory of Joe. They are also planning to plant apple trees on the school’s front lawn.

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