KANSAS CITY, MO (WCMH) — The father and stepmother of a missing Kansas City boy are now both facing murder charges.
Investigators believe Michael and Heather Jones beat 7-year-old Adrian to death.
Heather Jones, 29, was arrested Thursday morning, NBC affiliate KSHB-TB reports. She’s being held on first-degree murder and abuse of a child charges. Michael Jones, 44, was already in jail on child abuse charges. The district attorney added the charge of first degree murder on Friday.
Family members say the boy’s body may have been fed to pigs on the couple’s property in an attempt to get rid of the evidence. Police did recover the remains of a juvenile at a barn on the couple’s property, but it will take several weeks before the remains can be positively identified.
In interviews with The Associated Press, Jones has alleged that her husband, Michael, abused her and the missing boy. She also said she suspected her husband was going to kill her shortly before he was arrested because she “found out” what happened to the missing child.
“I am not God, and I could not save everyone,” she said in a telephone conversation last week before her arrest.
Six girls from age 10 to less than 2 were taken from the Jones home and are in state custody. They are healthy and safe and will be under court jurisdiction “for some time,” Gorman said. Investigators are trying to determine the parents of each child.
Coon said four of the girls are the biological children of Heather and Michael Jones. The two other girls, as well as A.J., are believed to be Michael Jones’ children from previous relationships.
The children were home-schooled and were not enrolled in any local schools. Ann Bush, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Education, said Michael Jones and his wife registered to home-school their children on July 17, 2012. The official name they used was the Jones Academy.