A Texas bartender whose toddler son was discovered lifeless in her boyfriend’s residence three years in the past has been arrested after Secret Service investigators helped native police crack encrypted cellphone messages that allegedly present her indifference to his repeated threats in opposition to her little one.
An affidavit detailing the exchanges consists of allegations of utmost cruelty and graphic little one abuse – the main points of that are unfit to print. Yet Amber McDaniel is accused of doing nothing to cease it and persevering with thus far James Staley III, carry her toddler to his home and go away them unattended collectively.
McDaniel and Staley had been courting for a number of months by October 2018, when police and EMS responded to his home on Irving Place in Wichita Falls, Texas, in response to an arrest affidavit.
They discovered McDaniel “extremely upset” and cradling Jason “Wilder” McDaniel, 2, in her arms. He was lifeless.
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Investigators believed that McDaniel had been drunk and asleep in one other room whereas Staley allegedly choked her son to dying. He was charged with capital homicide in 2020.
New evidence led to felony little one endangerment and evidence tampering fees in opposition to McDaniel this week, Wichita Falls’ KFDX-TV reported Friday, the identical day she was freed on $60,000 bond.
The Secret Service lab cracked the telephones this previous spring. After police reviewed their contents, they alleged that Staley had “directed an ongoing stream of hatred, violence and threats toward Wilder McDaniel to Amber” all through the course of their relationship – which she allegedly ignored.
“Your affiant believes any minimally protective mother would have immediately cut off Staley’s access to her son after receiving those Facebook messages,” detectives wrote within the arrest affidavit.
McDaniel had not beforehand disclosed the messages, and the affidavit alleges that she admitted to deleting them when confronted by investigators in July.
The messages present Staley describing the two-year-old with homophobic and racist slurs. They additionally mock the kid for having a wide range of particular wants, though investigators mentioned they discovered no evidence the kid suffered any such impairments.
The messages discovered on Staley’s cellphone embody different demeaning language, speak about locking Wilder in a field or tossing him within the trash, make obscene threats and jokes about hurting the kid, and even seem to confess to doing so.
On many events, McDaniel seems to take the messages as jokes, responding with laughter. She shouldn’t be accused of sending any violent messages about her personal son – though one message references abandoning him.
Police additionally recovered a video from Staley’s cracked cellphone that confirmed him holding Wilder, “who has massive bruises on his head and looks very scared,” and asking McDaniel to come back residence early from her bartending shift.
She by no means reported the bruising, and she or he continued thus far him till her son’s dying.
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“Your affiant believes that Amber committed the offense of endangering Wilder, a child, on an ongoing basis by regularly forcing Wilder to be around James Staley, and by getting drunk and going to bed and leaving James Staley up in a house while her son, who Staley hated, as asleep in the other room,” the affidavit concludes.
McDaniel’s husband and Wilder’s father, Bubba McDaniel, advised the Wichita Falls-based KFDX-TV Thursday that he solely blames Staley for his son’s dying – however that his kid’s mom has anticipated to face penalties for a very long time.
“James Staley killed my son,” he advised the station. “James Staley was the one that was saying all these things.”
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