A Kansas bail bondsman is being held on a $10 million bond after being charged with assaulting his wife and abusing his missing son on Monday. The gruesome discovery of human remains in the bondsman’s shed on Thanksgiving day have led to an in-depth investigation.
The court ordered Michael A. Jones, 44, to be held on $10 million bond when he appeared in court for the first time on Monday. The charges against him include child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. District Attorney for Wyandotte County, Jerome A. Gorman, recounted how police were called in to Jones’ home in rural Kansas City, Kansas on Wednesday to investigate a reported domestic disturbance. While at the premises, the police were informed that Jone’s son, a 7-year-old boy called A.J., had been missing for an extended amount of time.
A neighbor reportedly heard gunshots and this was the reason for the call of domestic disturbance. Jones’ 29-year-old wife, Heather Jones, was the victim of the abuse. Police had to return another day with a search warrant in order to begin their search for young A.J. An AP News piece had Gormon quoted as saying the child abuse charge being brought against Jones for allegedly “torturing or cruelly beating” his son was just “the tip of the iceberg” in the case involving the young boy. The prosecutor said the case “escalated into a much larger investigation” when police found unidentified human remains in a barn after searching the premises.
The investigating officers have not been able to positively identify the body as that of Jones’ 7-year-old son but tests are being conducted. The police have not commented on the allegations that the human remains were found among pigs, who had taken to eating the body. However, Gorman said the officers present at the finding of the body, or those who saw the crime scene, have described it as “gruesome.”
“Officers who have been out there have described this as one of the worst things that they have ever seen and for officers on the street and detectives to come up and say that this case has made them angry, you can just surmise from that what kind of scene it must have been.”
Gorman spoke at a news conference and advised that he expects more charges will be filed against Michael Jones later. The $10 million bond is the highest the District Attorney has ever requested in his 34 years as a prosecutor.
Gorman has six other children that lied with him and his wife on the property, all girls ages two to ten, and neighbours said they hardly ever saw any of the children. Little A.J. and his sisters were reportedly home schooled. Following Jones arrest and the finding of the human remains believed to be the missing boy A.J. the children have been placed with protective services for an indefinite amount of time. It is still unclear to investigators who the mother of each child is but they know that Jones’ current wife is not the mother of the missing boy. Police say that they are trying to locate A.J.’s mother.
Family members have stated that the couple was together for nine years but they were certain that many instances of physical and emotional abuse were constantly occurring in the household. The brother of Jones’ wife, Michael Williams, reportedly advised NBC News that that there were bullet holes throughout the house. The family’s yard was littered with children’s toys strewn among mattresses and old lawn equipment.
An autopsy on the human remains found at the property is expected to take place sometime this week. Investigators are positive they will identify the body.
[Photo via Wyandotte County Jail]