The Short of It
A gruesome investigation surrounds a father and the suspicion that he fed his 7-year-old son to pigs after beating him to death.
Police were called to the Kansas City, Kan., home of dad Michael A. Jones, 44, and his wife Heather, 29, last week after receiving reports that Jones was attacking his wife and firing a gun at her. Investigators were also told to look for the body of a missing 7-year-old boy, and they soon discovered human remains in a barn on the property.
According to former babysitters, eight children, ages 1 to 11, lived in the home, and several people contacted the Kansas Department for Children and Families with concerns about the children.
"Their house was horrible," one woman who asked to remain anonymous told KCTV 5. "Their house was just filthy. The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house."
A police source told KCTV 5 the decomposed remains have not yet been identified but investigators fear they are the result of the missing boy being fed to pigs after he was beaten to death. The former caregiver says the pigs were just purchased and placed in the barn in September by the wife.
Michael Jones has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery and child abuse. His bond is set at $10 million, which, according to Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman, is the highest a judge has ever granted in the 34 years he's been with the district attorney's office. Michael Jones is affiliated with a bail bonding company that operates in Topeka.
According to the former babysitters, the seven other children are safe and in protective custody.
"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 said.
Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.