Law enforcement officers know to tread carefully when responding to domestic violence calls, but reports of suspected child abuse are always a source of dread, so when someone on the scene as police investigated a disturbance suggested police conduct a search of a shed on the property, officers did so fearing the worst.

What they found was far worse than anything they could have imagined.

Police had responded to a home in Kansas City and arrested Michael A. Jones, 44, on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery against his wife.

At some point during the ensuing search of the home for additional firearms, an unidentified party suggested that police would find the decomposing body of a 7-year-old boy, supposedly Jones’s son, in the shed.

The search resulted in the discovery of remains, which have not yet been identified, but evidence gathered at the scene was sufficient to allow Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman to add additional charges of torturing or cruelly beating his 7-year-old son sometime between May 1 and Sept. 28.

The shed has been used as a pig barn since September arousing the fear that the boy was beaten to death by his father who then fed his remains to the animals to destroy evidence.

Judge Alvey set bond at $10 million, the highest Gorman could remember in his 34 years with the District Attorney’s office.

Neighbors told local news reporters that the Jones family moved into the home two years ago when Mrs. Jones told them she homeschooled the seven children between the age of 1 and 11, and was pregnant with her eighth. The neighbors said they had never seen the children.

Reporters, however, were able to talk with two women who cared for children in the home.

“Their house was horrible. It was just filthy, the kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.”

They said the Kansas Department for Children and Families had been contacted about concerns for the children’s safety and well being, but it is not known at this time if the Department followed up with an on-site visit to the home.

The home, in the Piper area of Kansas City, is valued at more than $225,000, but the surrounding yard is heavily littered with junk, including children’s toys.

“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,” said one of the babysitters.

Source CBS46 News

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