Michael A. Jones, The man suspected of beating his 7 year-old son to death was held in the Wyandotte County Detention Center over the holiday weekend and appeared in court today.
Jones was arrested at his home in Kansas City, Ks. on Wednesday for aggravated assault and battery. Police were initially dispatched for complaints of gunshots in the area. Battery and assault charges relate to Jones’ 29 year-old wife, Heather Jones. Jones is also charged with abuse of a child between May 1 and Sept. 28.
Police learned on Wednesday that Jones 7 year-old son has been missing for an extended period of time.
Acting on a tip, police returned to Jones’ property on Thanksgiving Day and found human remains in a barn.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman said, “I don’t believe you’ve seen the end of charges yet.” Gorman would not comment on suspicions that pigs had eaten the missing 7 year-old boy.
Gorman recalled an unrelated case about cannibalism in 2001 and remarked, “This is probably the worst I’ve seen since then.”
Six female children were removed from the home and placed in protective custody. Gorman said the girls range in age from younger that 2 to 10 years old.
Child welfare agencies were contacted in the past about the Jones’ home but details of that contact were not revealed.
Jones owns a bail bonding business in Topeka, Kansas.
District Court Judge Timothy Dupree read the list of charges today and then asked how Jones was doing. “I’m good, your honor,” Jones answered.
Jones’ next court date is Dec. 8.
KANSAS CITY, KS – A domestic disturbance call Wednesday revealed a more grisly situation when police discovered human remains in a livestock barn on the property.
Police initially responded to calls from neighbors who heard gunshots at a home on N. 99th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.
44 year-old Michael Jones was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and child abuse. Jones was also charged with torturing his 7-year-old son sometime between May 1 and Sept. 28, and battering his 29 year-old wife, Heather Jones.
While at the scene police discovered that Jones’ 7 year-old son was missing, possibly since Sept. of this year. Based on a tip, police returned to search the property on Thursday where they found human remains in a barn.
Two women who were Babysitters for the family revealed that Heather Jones purchased pigs in Sept. The women reported that conditions inside the home were deplorable, “The house was just filthy. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house,” one of the women said. The babysitters reported that eight children from 1 to 11 years-old live in the home.
A police source says investigators fear the decomposing remains are the result of the missing 7 year-old child being fed to the pigs.
Heather Jones allegedly told one of the babysitters at one point that she hated her 7 year-old step-son and would like to get rid of him and that she (Jones) thought it would be easy to do.
The babysitters told police that several people had called Kansas Protective Services to report the condition in which the children were living.
Michael Jones is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Bond is set at $10 million.