Texas mother charged with murdering her two-year-old son

Amber McDaniel, 31, turned herself in to police on July 8 on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with evidence

Amber McDaniel, 31, turned herself in to police on July 8 on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with evidence

The mother of a two-year-old boy has been charged in his death after letting her son stay with her boyfriend, despite telling her he wanted to ‘clear’ the boy and beat up the child. Past.

Little Jason Wilder McDaniel, 2, was found dead on the floor next to his crib at friend James Staley III’s Texas home on October 11, 2018, with blood around his mouth, on the floor and on an adult-sized pillow in the crib.

Staley is charged with murdering the toddler and is currently out on bail.

Now Amber McDaniel, 31, has been charged with endangering children and tampering with evidence, after prosecutors found a series of disturbing text messages between the couple, according to a lawsuit filed on July 22.

Staley wrote that the two-year-old had to be “culled,” calling him racist comments, expressing a desire to beat the child and admitting that he had beaten him on numerous occasions, according to the indictment.

In one message, Staley said he was “pushing” [Wilder’s] face in a dirty diaper and then… pushed his face into the changing table.’ In another message, Staley said he “wanted and/or had placed Wilder in a tinder box,” the indictment said.

Still, McDaniel continued to take her son to Staley’s house, where his body was eventually found, despite noticing bruising on the toddler’s face after being under Staley’s care.

While the ultimate cause of death was inconclusive, a Dallas County medical examiner reported that injuries to the child in his autopsy report she wrote were consistent with suffocation from a pillow, while other injuries “may have occurred during a struggle.”

James Staley III

James Staley III

James Staley III

James Staley III

The Wichita County District Attorney’s office is currently determining whether Staley should receive the death penalty for the toddler’s murder. Staley, who is currently free from prison on $1.2 million in bail, pleaded not guilty.

McDaniel turned himself in to police on July 8 and was committed to the Wichita County Jail, the same facility where Staley was booked for Wilder’s murder.

Incredibly, Wilder’s biological father, Robert “Bubba” McDaniel – who is still married to McDaniel – says he doesn’t blame his wife and said Staley was a master manipulator.

He told KFDX-TV that he’d seen some of the disturbing messages Staley had sent about their son, but that McDaniel had laughed at them while her boyfriend was joking.

‘[Staley] tried to manipulate her into thinking they were all just jokes… a lot of the stuff I’ve read has a “lol” to them… I can see how the manipulation would make her think it’s something else. ‘

‘There were times when I was shocked that she laughed a little’ [the messages].’

Bubba explained that at the time of his son’s murder, he and McDaniel were divorced, but said his wife had tried to leave Staley. But every time she tried, she was manipulated into staying.

'There were times when I was shocked that she laughed a little' [the messages]Wilder's biological father and Amber's current husband Bubba McDaniel told KDFX about the offending text messages.

'There were times when I was shocked that she laughed a little' [the messages]Wilder's biological father and Amber's current husband Bubba McDaniel told KDFX about the offending text messages.

‘There were times when I was shocked that she laughed a little’ [the messages]Wilder’s biological father and Amber’s current husband Bubba McDaniel told KDFX about the offending text messages.

'[Staley] tried to manipulate her into thinking they were all just jokes...a lot of the stuff i've read has a... "LOL" on them,

'[Staley] tried to manipulate her into thinking they were all just jokes...a lot of the stuff i've read has a... "LOL" on them,

‘[Staley] tried to manipulate her into thinking they were all just jokes… a lot of the stuff I’ve read has a “fun” on them,” Bubba McDaniel told KDFX-TV. “I can see how the manipulation would make her think it’s something else.”

Staley wrote that the two-year-old had to be “culled”, called him racist remarks, expressed a desire to beat the child and admitted that he had beaten him on numerous occasions.

“She’s gone away a few times,” he said. “There was a time when she…blocked his number and blocked him on Facebook…he still found a way to contact her, found ways to get back in touch with her

“He’s a master manipulator and a coward, that’s how they work.”

Bubba added that he is ‘standing'[s] next to his wife’ and that there is ‘only one person who has killed’ [Wilder].’

He also refuted allegations that Amber intentionally hid investigators’ text messages.

“Eleven days after they issued those new search warrants, it was us who offered the phones that we offered phones directly, knowing that they would be broken into, that any message on them will be looked at,” he said. .

“Every time she’s talked to after that, she goes in without a lawyer, and she tells them to ask her everything – she’ll tell them the truth. It’s not like she’s trying to hide things. I think this is one of those things they should pin her on.”

Bubba said he and even McDaniel feared tragedy could happen if Staley kept dropping by.

While the ultimate cause of death was inconclusive, a Dallas County medical examiner reported that injuries to the child in his autopsy report she wrote were consistent with suffocation from a pillow, while other injuries “may have occurred during a struggle.”

Staley was charged in October 2020 with murder on the main count. The text messages came to light in an investigation by the Wichita County District Attorney’s office, which is determining whether Staley should receive life imprisonment or the death penalty.

James Staley is currently free from $1.2 million in bail, according to the… Time record news, and a preliminary investigation is scheduled for August 6.

Staley has reportedly pleaded not guilty, and evidence submitted so far includes 911 calls, autopsy photos, a forensic expert report, Facebook files, surveillance footage, cell phone records and two polygraph interviews with McDaniel.

According to the indictment, Staley wrote that the 2-year-old had to be “culled”, called him racial swear words, expressed a desire to beat the child and admitted that he had beaten the child on numerous occasions afterward.

In one message, the indictment alleges, Staley said he “pushed” [Jason’s] face in a dirty diaper and then… pushed his face into the changing table.’ In another, Staley said he “wanted and/or put Jason in a tinderbox.”

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