KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Videos and photos from a home in Kansas where a 7-year-old boy's remains were found in a pigsty show the boy suffered horrific abuse in the months before he died, the child's maternal grandmother said.
Judy Conway said she threw up the first time she watched DVDs containing images of her grandson, Adrian Jones, being abused by his father and stepmother, Mike and Heather Jones, who both pleaded guilty in the boy's 2015 death. The boy's body was found near pigs at their Kansas City, Kansas, home more than a month after he died.
Conway said the videos came from more than 30 security cameras placed throughout the home, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/2oQEtdq ). The videos and photos were given to Conway by Jennifer Hoevers, who rented the home to the Joneses in 2014. After Heather Jones was arrested and the children placed in state custody, Hoevers said Heather Jones gave her passwords to her social media accounts and asked that Hoevers send her pictures of the kids. Hoevers said that's when she found photos and videos of Adrian suffering from obvious abuse, including being strapped to an inversion table, standing before a plate of food with soap in his mouth and standing naked in a shower stall.
"I think I was just in shock for a while," said Hoevers, who called Kansas City, Kansas, Detective Brad Lancaster, who led the investigation until he was killed in the line of duty in May 2016.
Eventually Hoevers contacted Conway, who lives in Emporia.
Michael Jones will be sentenced Wednesday in Wyandotte County for first-degree murder in Adrian's death. Heather Jones was sentenced in November to life with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Conway said she's disappointed in Michael Jones' plea deal because she wanted to hear at trial what he said about the boy's death. Adrian's child welfare records have been sealed since his death.
Prosecutors said in a statement that law enforcement "did everything possible" to present a solid case and achieve justice for "the victim, the family and Wyandotte County."
Former Wyandotte County Prosecutor Jerome Gorman said at the time that Adrian's death was "one of the worst things" veteran police investigators had ever seen. He would not discuss reports that the child's remains were fed to the pigs.
Adrian and his sisters had been removed from the care of their mother, Conway's daughter, because of neglect. When she last saw her three grandchildren in 2012, they all looked healthy and Michael Jones gave no indication he was a danger to the children, Conway said.
In 2014, Michael Jones called Conway and said Adrian was going to be placed in a psychiatric hospital, saying the boy — who was 6 or 7 — had "turned into a pedophile and has sexual predator tendencies."
Conway wanted to visit Adrian in the hospital, but Jones told her family members wouldn't be allowed.
Now Conway knows from the time stamps of photos and talking with Hoevers that several months after that call, her grandson was living through hell.
"He looked like the worst child you can imagine from a Third World country," Conway said.
Conway said she may eventually want to visit Heather and Michael Jones.
"Just to find out why," Conway said. "Why did they have to do this? They had my number. All they had to do is pick up the phone and call me. I would have taken him. I would have taken all of them."
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com