Police say 44-year-old Michael A. Jones beat his seven-year-old son to death and then fed his body to pigs in a gruesome case that has left investigators speechless. Jones is currently in custody at the Wyandotte County Jail, and he is being held on $10 million bond. According to a press release from the Wyandotte County District Attorney, Jones is charged with one count of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, and one count of child abuse. He is also accused of torturing or cruelly beating his seven-year-old son.
Kansas City Man May Have Fed 7-Year-Old Son To Pigs After Beating Him To Death https://t.co/sSco08HCNm
— NewsOne (@newsone) November 28, 2015
Although Jones and his 29-year-old wife, Heather Jones, shared a home in Kansas City that is valued at more than $225,000, the residence is said to have been filthy, and the backyard was covered in junk and toys for their children.
— Meaghan Ellis (@Itz_Meg) November 28, 2015
Police received calls of a domestic violence situation and officers arrived at Jones’ home on Wednesday. Reportedly, Jones had attacked his wife and fired a gun at her. While investigating the incident, police received a tip from an anonymous caller saying to check the residence for the decomposed body of a seven-year-old boy. Upon hearing this information, police obtained a search warrant and were shocked when they found human remains in the barn. As of the time of this report, authorities aren’t 100 percent sure the remains belong to the couple’s missing son, but this is the general assumption.
Neighbors told the local news station that the boy went missing in September, which was two years after the family moved into the large and remote home. Shortly after the boy disappeared, the child’s former babysitters say Jones’ wife added livestock to the barn.
“She went and got pigs in September,” the neighbor, who chose to remain anonymous, said.
The women also told reporters that conditions inside the home were deplorable and unfit for eight young children, ranging from ages one to 11, to live in.
“Their house was horrible,” said one woman. “Their house was just filthy. The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.”
The women said that they also contacted the Kansas Department For Children and Families with concerns about the children. They added that they fear the remains are those of the little boy because the timeline in which he disappeared matches up with the time Heather suddenly added pigs to the barn.
“For all those girls to have to witness what their brother went through and to carry the burden that something happened to their brother is horrible,” one woman expressed.
A report from News One said that Jones’ brother-in-law says his sister was also a victim and suffered eight years of abuse by her husband. Former babysitters told reporters the mother didn’t like her stepchild and allegedly told them plans about killing the boy.
The seven other children are safe and in protective custody.
It’s unclear at this time if the child’s mother will be facing any charges in the boy’s death. This story is developing and any further updates will be posted to this column as they are made available. As per the press release, the investigation is proceeding, and police are consulting with forensic experts concerning the examination of human remains found in a barn at the 99th Street residence.
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