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Father of missing 5-year-old boy charged with criminal homicide

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Joseph Ray Daniels (Courtesy: TBI) Joseph Ray Daniels (Courtesy: TBI)
Joe Clyde Daniels (Source: TBI) Joe Clyde Daniels (Source: TBI)
Joe Clyde Daniels, 5, was last seen Tuesday night in Dickson. (Source: TBI) Joe Clyde Daniels, 5, was last seen Tuesday night in Dickson. (Source: TBI)
DICKSON, TN (WSMV) -

The father of a missing 5-year-old boy was charged with criminal homicide on Saturday.

Joe Clyde Daniels, who had severe autism and couldn't speak, was reported missing by his parents on Wednesday morning, April 4. At the request of the Dickson County Sheriff's Office, the TBI issued an Endangered Child Alert. 

Officials and community volunteers searched for the child day and night for four days.

On Friday, April 6, 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch requested that the TBI search the Daniels' residence for evidence of criminal misconduct. That search led officers to arrest the boy's father, Joseph Ray Daniels.

Daniels, 28, was booked into the Dickson County Jail just before 6:30 a.m. Saturday and charged with one count of criminal homicide. His bond was set at $1,000,000.

TBI officials say Daniels intentionally killed his son in their home in the early morning of April 3-4 and then hid his body. He is the only person facing charges at this time. 

Click here to listen to Daniels' 911 call

The investigation is ongoing, and there is an active search for the child's body.

While civilian search teams have been a great help to law enforcement, officials say volunteers can no longer take part in the search now that it is part of a criminal investigation. 

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