DNA testing completed on 'staged' letter sent to Baby Joe Clyde's grandparents

Joe Clyde Daniels-PHOTO: TBI and FOX 17 News

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn.--The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has completed DNA testing of a letter sent to the grandparents of Joe Clyde Daniels.

While the results of the testing have not been released, the TBI and Dickson County Sheriff do not believe it changes the focus of the investigation.

Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe has previously stated he believed the letter was "staged." "My opinion is it is a staged letter, however, the investigation should reveal the intent of the letters content," Bledsoe stated.

The TBI agreed, issuing the following statement: "As with any case we investigate, we pursue any evidence presented to us that is relevant to the case. We are working to determine the legitimacy of a letter sent to the grandparents of Joe Clyde Daniels but at this time have no reason to believe this will change the focus of the investigation."

The anonymous letter claiming Joe Clyde Daniels was alive was turned over to police last week for further investigation. The results of the analysis have been turned over to Dickson County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney General Ray Crouch.

The non-verbal, autistic Dickson boy went missing on April 3. His father Joseph Daniels reporting him missing the next day. Just days after the community and multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in searching for the boy, his father admitted to investigators he had killed his child.

Daniels admitted to beating the boy to death after the boy urinated on the floor, telling investigators he then drove off and disposed of the body. Mother Krystal Daniels was also arrested, charged with aggravated child neglect or endangerment for being present the night of Joe Clyde's murder and helping to cover up the crime.

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