A Kansas man is being held on a $10 million bond after police found what appear to be the remains of his 7-year-old son. The extremely high bond was entered by a Kansas City judge after hearing that Michael Jones, 44, was accused of not only beating his son to death but subsequently feeding his body to pigs.
The International Business Times reported November 29 that Michael Jones, a father to eight children, was arrested after police were alerted to his Piper-area residence in Kansas City, Kansas on Wednesday, responding to a call that the man was attacking and shooting at his wife, Heather Jones. Upon arrival, police were notified that the remains of a 7-year-old boy might be found in a nearby pig pen.
Now what appears to be human remains are being studied to determine whether or not they indeed are human. If so, Jones will face possible murder charges. At present, he is being held at the Wyandotte County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery, and child abuse.
According to KCTV in Kansas City, an unnamed individual told investigators to look for the decomposing body of a missing 7-year-old from the household. Human remains were found in a barn on the property the next day. Former babysitters for the Jones’ eight children, ages ranging from 1 to 11, fear that those remains belong to a 7-year-old boy.
The babysitters told KCTV they became more concerned when the children’s mother added livestock to the property. “She went and got pigs in September,” one babysitter said.
From the KCTV story: “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.”
According to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office Facebook press release, Michael Jones is, pending further findings in the suspected murder investigation, presently charged with the aggravated battery and aggravated assault of his wife on the day of his arrest (November 25) and “torturing or cruelly beating” his 7-year-old son, constituting child abuse, between May 1 and Sept. 28. All three charges are felonies.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman said the $10 million bond is the highest he has ever seen a judge levy in 34 years, the entire time he has been with the district attorney’s office. He noted that the judge considered several factors in his assessment, including flight risk and safety factors.
Kansas City (Kansas) Police continue to investigate. Michael Jones reportedly has a 7-year-old son from a previous relationship and, according to several reports, is missing. Forensic examiners are currently working with the the human remains to determine if they are indeed those of the man’s missing son.