Robert ‘Bubba’ McDaniel is out of jail as of Saturday night, after being arrested and charged with one count of terroristic threat Friday.
This came after McDaniel posted several videos on Facebook, threatening the lives of police officers and other individuals regarding the death of his two year old son: Jason Wilder McDaniel. However, it’s unclear right now if the videos are the reason for the arrest.
“He doesn’t know how to let that grief go in a good way,” said Justice for Wilder peaceful protest organizer Jamie Tettleton.
Tettleon helped organize the protest, demanding answers from investigators and support for McDaniel.
Tettleton, like McDaniel, has dealt with the tragedy of losing a child. “It’s like somebody has taken a piece of your soul away. And some people deal with it differently. Some people shut the world out, some people roar at the world.”
Tettleton says although McDaniel’s situation is a difficult one, threats against one or many people aren’t acceptable.
“He made a misjudgment call. Unfortunately, those actions wound him up in jail,” Tettleton said.
Questions still remain about the recent search by Wichita Falls Police at the house where Wilder died October 11, 2018. Very little is known about the search warrant served in the 2000 block of Irving Place.
Records show the home is owned by James Staley III. So far, no arrests pertaining to McDaniel’s son’s death have been made. McDaniel’s son’s body was sent to Dallas County for an autopsy.
“He just wants peace for his baby,” said Frances Roberts, another protest participant.
Roberts said McDaniel was an inspiration to her grandson after he was abused, showing him that: “It’s ok to fight back.,” Roberts said.
Roberts understands McDaniels’ rage but doesn’t condone some of the threats McDaniel made. She also points out despite the videos, McDaniel is normally not like that.
“Everybody’s throwing around that he’s just some terroristic person. He’s not. That’s not who Bubba is. It’s not,” said Roberts.
And both Roberts and Tettleton, like others supporting McDaniel, are looking forward to getting justice for Wilder.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to cover McDaniel’s son’s funeral costs.