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Dickson County man found guilty in baby Joe's disappearance and death

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CHARLOTTE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Tennessee man of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony in the death of his 5-year-old son, whose body remains missing years later.

Joe Clyde Daniels was reported missing April 4, 2018. His father, Joseph Daniels, was charged in the case.

On Saturday, a jury brought in from Chattanooga convicted Joseph Daniels in Dickson County of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony, second degree murder, aggravated child abuse, initiating a false report and tampering with evidence. He was found not guilty of a separate first-degree murder charge.

Investigators say Daniels admitted to fatally beating the autistic, nonverbal child for urinating on the floor, but Daniels later retracted his confession.

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