Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating whether a father fed his son to pigs after beating him to death.
On Nov. 25, police went to 44-year-old Michael A. Jones’s home following a report that he had attacked his wife, Heather Jones, and fired a gun at her, WSFA reported. Police were told by someone to check for the remains of a missing 7-year-old while at the home.
In the property’s barn, police discovered human remains that may be that of the couple's 7-year-old son.
Michael is being held on a $10 million bond for charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery and child abuse, and "torturing or cruelly beating" his young son between May 1 and Sept. 28, according to WSFA.
Investigators reportedly suspect the remains may be the result of the child being fed to pigs in the barn after he was beaten to death.
Pigs are omnivores, which means they consume both plants and animals, according to A-Z Animals. They are scavengers by nature and will eat whatever they are given, making it possible that they did eat the boy's remains.
The remains have yet to be identified.
Former babysitters claim several people notified the Kansas Department for Children and Families with concerns about the Jones’ children.
"Their house was horrible," one woman, who asked for anonymity, told WSFA. "Their house was just filthy. The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.”
There were eight children, ages 1 to 11, that lived inside the home. They have all been placed in protective custody following Michael's arrest.
The $10 million bond is the highest a judge has ever granted in the 34 years Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman has served in office, reported WSFA.
“Judge Alvey granted bond based upon a number of flight factors and safety factors," Gorman said.