Police were called to the home of Michael A. Jones, 44 and his wife Heather Jones, 29 on Wednesday after Jones pointed a gun in her face. Upon further investigation, police learned the children were also facing abuse by their father.
An anonymous caller told the police to check the back of Jones’ property for the remains of the family’s missing 7-year-old child.
The child went missing in September, neighbors claimed. The family moved into the large and remote home two years ago. Human remains were found on the property. It hasn’t been confirmed if the remains are the missing child. Babysitters claimed the home was always a mess and they allegedly witnessed the father abuse the boy and his sisters.
“Their house was horrible,” said one woman who asked for anonymity. “Their house was just filthy. The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.”
The women say eight children, ranging from ages 1 to 11, lived inside the home in the 5200 block of N. 99th Street.
The women say 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,” an old babysitter said. It’s a timeline that terrifies the child’s former babysitters, who say Jones’ wife added livestock to the barn this fall. “She went and got pigs in September,” she said.
A police source says investigators fear the remains are the result of the child being fed to pigs after being beaten to death. Those remains have yet to be identified.
Jones’ brother-in-law says his sister was also a victim and suffered eight years of abuse by her husband. Former babysitters told reporters the mother didn’t like her stepchild and allegedly told them plans about killing the boy.
Jones is currently being held on a $10 million bond for aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery, and child abuse charges.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman told reporters the bond amount is the highest a judge has issued in over 30 years.