Trial date set for mother in Joe Clyde Daniels case

Posted at 10:50 AM, July 20, 2021 and last updated 1:36 PM, June 20, 2023

By Laken Bowles, WTVF

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. — The trial of a woman charged in relation to the death of her missing 5-year-old son has been set for February 2022.

Judge David Wolfe said jury selection in the trial of Krystal Daniels will begin on February 1. The jury will be chosen from Stewart County.

FILE- Krystal Daniels makes court appearance. (WTVF)

Additional motions hearings in the case were scheduled for September.

The July 19th court hearing comes a month after her husband, Joseph Daniels, was found guilty of murdering their 5-year-old son. Krystal Daniels faces one count of aggravated child neglect, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 25 years. Investigators said she didn’t report the abuse or murder of Joe Clyde Daniels despite having several chances.

Her oldest son testified in Joseph Daniels’ trial last month, saying he and his mother both saw Joseph carry Joe Clyde’s body outside.

Krystal initially told the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that she saw her husband standing over Joe Clyde, beating him the night the child disappeared. But she later recanted that and did not testify against Joseph at his trial.

This 2017 photo provided by NamUs shows 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels. (NamUs)

A gag order remains in place for Krystal’s case.

Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared from his Dickson County home more than three years ago, but his body has never been found.

This story was originally published July 19 by WTVF in Nashville.