DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — Joe Clyde Daniels' mother wants out of jail. Krystal Daniels is locked up on one-million-dollars bond -- accused on aggravated child neglect. Now she's asking for a bond reduction.
It appears to be yet another effort on her part to separate from her husband -- Joe Clyde's accused killer.
Krystal is accused of not protecting her son ... while her husband Joseph allegedly beat him to death. But now she's filed a motion to lower her bond significantly which could lead to her release.
Five-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared from his Dickson County home in April of 2018. Not long after that both his parents were arrested and charged. They are scheduled to be tried together next year.
But Krystal is now taking steps to distance herself from her husband. "There's definitely a sign there is a fracture there," said legal analyst Nick Leonardo.
For one, she's already said she plans to file for divorce from her husband. Leonard said this may be a tactic for if and when the case goes to trial.
"To bring up to say I distanced myself form my co-defendant my spouse because that's a bad actor," said Leonardo.
Police do believe Joe Clyde is dead, but his body has never been found.
One-million-dollars bond is considered a high for a charge of aggravated child neglect. So she'll ask for a reduction, and hopes to get out of jail further separating herself from her husband who will remain locked up.
But Krystal says she has no money and no family support. So, she likely can't afford any bond no matter how low.
So why ask for a reduction? It's a possible legal strategy. At this bond hearing, the defense gets to grill the TBI about the evidence or lack of it in the case against her.
It's a preview of what will come at trial.
The motion for a reduced bond will be heard in Dickson County Court next month.