Krystal Daniels, mother of Joe Clyde Daniels, was not charged with first-degree murder though the Dickson County Jail system showed her with the charge on Wednesday morning.
Dickson County Jail officials verified she was listed with the first-degree murder charge early Wednesday morning. However, a short time later, jail officials said the charge was listed incorrectly.
Daniels had been indicted Thursday by a Special Called Session of the Dickson County Grand Jury on three counts: Criminal responsibility, aggravated child neglect and filing a false report. The charges were read to Daniels on Friday as well as her husband Joseph Ray Daniels, who was indicted on counts of first degree murder, felony murder, aggravated child abuse, filing a false report, and tampering with evidence.
Krystal and Joseph have been charged since April 7 in the death of their son 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels. They have been in the Dickson County Jail since that time.
Both Joseph and Krystal appeared on video stream before Judge David Wolfe on Friday morning in Dickson County Circuit Court. The words they spoke were “Yes sir” when asked a few basic questions by Wolfe.
Jake Lockert, the public defender representing Joseph, said “I don’t think there is any way this case can be tried in Dickson County.”
Wolfe asked District Attorney Ray Crouch if he was seeking the death penalty for either Joseph or Krystal. Crouch said his office was not seeking the death penalty — but kept open the possibility.
Both defendants remain in the Dickson County Jail on $1 million bond.
The indictments were handed down as part of the same Special Session Grand Jury in which indictments were handed down for Steven Wiggins and Erika Castro-Miles, the two charged in the death last week of Sgt. Daniel Baker.