44-year-old Michael A. Jones lives with his 29-year-old wife, Heather, and eight children in a rural house described as horrible and filthy by many neighbors and authorities. But that house, already with signs of a temper present at the very least, may also have been the scene of a murder.
The ninth child, not the biological son of Heather, went missing months ago, according to neighbors. This all came to light when officers were called out to a possible domestic assault Wednesday.
When they arrived, Heather alleged that heâ€™d shot at her. As the investigation was being carried out, authorities got a tip to check around the property for the missing boy. The next day, they found human remains near a barn.
Authorities believe those remains may be whatâ€™s left of his seven-year-old son after Jones beat him to death. Even worse, they believe his body may have been fed to pigs housed there. Those pigs had been bought in September, right around the time police believe the missing boy may have been killed.
The other eight kids, ranging in ages from one to 11, are said to be living in deplorable conditions and are being home schooled.
â€œTheir house was horrible,â€ an anonymous woman told a local news station. â€œTheir house was just filthy. The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.â€
Multiple former babysitters had gone to child protective services over the treatment and living conditions of the children, but itâ€™s unclear if anything was done. If the accusations currently underway pan out, it will prove that it was too late for at least one victim.
Michael Williams, Heather Jones’ brother, told another news station, â€œThere are bullet holes in the walls of that house. So I’m sure you can understand what terror may have been going through that household daily.â€
Michael A. Jones, a bail bondsman, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery and child abuse before the charges were upgraded to torture or cruelly beating in regards to his missing son.
Heâ€™s residing in the Wyandotte County Jail on a $10 million bond.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call them on their TIPS Hotline: 816-474-8477.