A Kansas man has been arrested for allegedly killing his 7-year-old son. Michael A. Jones, 44, is sitting in a Kansas City jail cell as police investigators work to identify the human remains found on his property. Jones has been charged with child abuse, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery.
The Kansas City murder garnered national attention after claims by an unidentified individual alleged that Michael Jones beat his 7-year-old son to death and then fed the body to his pigs, KCTV 5 News reports. Police officials are referring to the missing boy as “AJ.”
Kansas law enforcement officials have so far refused to answer questions about the claims that Michael Jones fed his son’s body to pigs. During a press conference held on Monday, Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman said his office will not address the allegations and noted that the investigation into the 7-year-old boy’s death is ongoing.
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Last Wednesday, the police called to the Jones’ residence on a domestic violence issue involving the boy’s mother, Heather Jones, 29. While on the property, the investigators were told that no one had seen the couple’s 7-year-old son for quite a while. The following day, the police investigators announced that human remains had been found on the property.
The Wyandotte County District Attorney stated during the press conference that an autopsy on the human remains has been completed. He added that the police are working with a forensic anthropologist in order to determine if the remains belong to the missing boy.
The six other children living in the home of Michael Jones have been removed and placed in protective custody. All of the children were girls under the age of 11, CNN reports. Gorman said that Kansas children’s services workers have had contacts with the Jones’ family in the past. The district attorney declined to answer questions concerning any past open investigations by Kansas City child welfare investigators.
The district attorney did stated that the child abuse charge levied against Jones is just the “tip of the iceberg.” Gorman said that detectives still have more work to do in the case.
“Be patient,” The Wyandotte County District Attorney added. “The police have been working on this. A lot of them gave up their Thanksgiving day with their families. And there’s still a lot of work for them to do that we’ve outlined. Once all of that evidence comes in, we’ll review all that and see if it warrants more charges.”
The investigation into the disappearance and possible death of the 7-year-old boy, tentatively identified as AJ Jones, is being jointly conducted jointly by Kansas Department for Children and Families, the prosecutor’s office, and the county sheriff’s department.
The county prosecutor said that the search for the missing boy and the discovery of human remains investigation has been a difficult case for both him and the other investigators involved. Gorman said that the police officers described the investigation as “one of the worst things” that they had ever seen.
“And for officers who have been on the street and have been detectives, for them to come up and say that this case has made them angry… you can surmise from that what kind of scene it must have been,” Gorman added.
A Kansas judge set bail at $10 million for Michael Jones and has refused to consider a bond reduction in the case. According to Gorman, the bond is the highest he has ever seen ordered during his 34 years as a prosecutor in the state. Ironically, Jones owns a bonding company, but he is not licensed to do business in the county where he is being held.
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