The story of 7-year-old Adrian Jones who was killed by his father and stepmother has left many scandalized because of the sick way he was tortured prior to his death and also the manner in which his body was disposed of after he was killed.
Adrian Jones’ father, Michael Jones, 46, and his stepmother, Heather Jones, 31, were sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years in prison in a Kansas City courtroom today, a sentence they deserve due to the severity of the crimes they committed against the little boy in their care.
Adrian was placed in the care of his father after it was decided that his mother, Dainna Pearce, was not a responsible mother to him and his sisters. They moved in with Michael and his wife, Heather, where Michael was subjected to the most inhumane treatment until he died and his remains were fed to the pigs bought specifically for the purpose of getting rid of his emaciated body.
Michael’s torture was usually filmed by the sick couple and saved on Heather’s computer. The photos were discovered after the couple were arrested and they reveal the unbelievable life Adrian was subjected to until he passed.
The little boy was a tiny bag of bones when he died. He was locked behind a plywood door in a shower and made to stand for hours in stagnant water up to his neck. He was shackled, bound, gagged, starved, beaten, left out in the cold in skimpy wear… Adrian went through it all and even in death, he was denied a decent burial.
His stepmother often referred to him as “the boy,” rather than use his name and while the other six girls were well cared for, Adrian was not. Evidence from Heather’s laptop shows the living hell that was Adrian’s life.
In one of the videos, he was seen standing outside on a very cold January evening, his hand and foot shackled and wearing just a T-shirt and pajama pants. In the distressing video, Adrian can be seen walking back and forth, his body shaking as he shivered. At some point, he desperately tries to drink from a cup.
There were pictures of Adrian bound tightly with rigid kitchen cutting boards beneath the bandages so he could not bend over. There was a close-up of his lips, covered with angry sores, caused, investigators believe, because he had tried to chew away at his plywood prison. There were pictures of him blindfolded and strapped to an inversion table and the injuries that resulted thereof. What’s worse? Heather had even saved online ads for straitjackets and blanket wraps for transporting human bodies, meaning she most likely had it in mind to kill the boy.
The photos were found after Heather gave her computer password to her landlady to help send photos of her children to her while she was in custody awaiting trial. The landlady, Jennifer Hoevers, logged on to the device and could not believe her eyes at the first image that greeted her. One video discovered by Hoevers shows Adrian standing for hours on end with his hands in the air. Another reveals him being hit across the face with a broomstick. In another, Adrian was made to carry tiki torches and made to walk around aimlessly in a video taken by his twisted father and stepmother. A photograph showed him with a bar of soap stuffed in his mouth, others with injuries caused by a Taser. It was revealed that Heather will sometime tase the boy for 15 to 20 seconds at a time while he screamed out in pain.
Heather seemed to be documenting the abuse and the injuries it caused as if she was proud of it. Hoevers even found a message Heather had sent to an unknown person: “Just strapped the boy to my inversion table with handcuffs and ace bandages and put him downstairs,’ she wrote, adding: ‘the hubby wants some a** and I ain’t had none in over a week!! love y’all nighty night,” she wrote. The Jones family lived in a single-story, four-bedroom home set on 15 acres of land on North 99th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. It is so isolated no-one would ever hear Adrian scream so he suffered without external intervention.