Investigators in Kansas said they suspect a father fed his 7-year-old to pigs after beating him to death.
According to local television station KCTV, Michael A. Jones, 44, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery and child abuse. His bond was set at $10 million.
Police were called to a home on Wednesday after receiving a report that Jones was attacking his wife and firing a gun at her. During the investigation, officers received a tip telling them to check for the decomposed body of a missing 7-year-old boy.
On the second day of the investigation, human remains were discovered near a barn on the property.
Two women who used to babysit the couple’s children told KCTV that the living conditions in the home were deplorable. One of the former babysitters told investigators she fears that the child was fed to pigs after being beaten to death.
The pigs were added to the barn this fall and the 7-year-old went missing sometime between May 1 and Sept. 28, according to KCTV.
An anonymous police source told the station investigators are looking into the possibility that the remains resulted from the child being fed to the pigs.
Jones was expected to make his first appearance in Wyandotte County District Court on Monday.