Wow! I’d say this little boy’s stepmother just one-uped Cinderella’s evil stepmother!
Judy Conway, Adrian Jones, maternal grandmother, spoke outside the Courthouse after the boy’s stepmother, Heather Jones, was sentenced to life in prison. Heather pled guilty to first-degree murder of 7-year-old Adrian Jones in Kansas City.
Just knowing what this little boy went through is horrifying in and of itself, but when the grandmother gives a detailed account of the little guy’s daily life and abuse it might even bring you to tears.
The grandmother admitted to knowing about her grandsons awful living condition, he was in a filthy home that resembled a hoarder’s nest, with the added benefit of dead rats surrounding his every step, and parents that enjoyed verbally and physically abusing him.
Adrian Jones’ living hell on earth ended last year with his emaciated and battered 7-year-old body consumed by pigs.
The boy’s remains were found last year, and authorities said it appeared he had been fed to pigs on property rented by Jones and her husband in the 5200 block of North 99th Street.
Heather Jones’ husband and Adrian’s father, 45-year-old Michael A. Jones, also is charged in the case and is awaiting trial.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Sheryl Lidtke said Monday that it was the most heinous crime she has seen in her 27-year career as a prosecutor.
“He was horribly abused, neglected and ultimately killed,” Lidtke said. “I’m sure his suffering was unbearable.”
She said he was physically and emotionally abused, confined and “essentially starved to death.”
But on Monday, Lidtke said she wanted to remember Adrian as the curious, energetic boy depicted in a video taken about a year before he died.
“He was cute as a button,” she said.
Adrian’s maternal grandmother, Judy Conway, also spoke Monday about the anguish of enduring the loss of the happy little boy who touched so many people in his short life and was robbed of a future.
“No one had the right to take all of those possibilities away,” Conway said.
When it was her turn to speak, Heather Jones cried as she said she was “deeply sorry.”
“I have to live with this for the rest of my life,” she said.
Jones described how she was caught up in an abusive relationship that she still has nightmares about.
“I didn’t have anyone to call. I didn’t have any family to help me,” she said.
After the hearing, Conway said Jones is still blaming her husband for what happened.
Conway told reporters that if she could ask one question it would be…why.
“How could you do such horrible, horrific things to a child?” she stated.
Conway’s daughter was formerly married to Michael Jones, once he was given custody of Adrian and his siblings, she was no longer permitted to visit them.
Conway predicts that the children were home-schooled to prevent outsiders from seeing what was going on.
“This could have been prevented,” She stated in almost a whisper. “If I would have been able to see them, I would have known what was happening.”
Court documents state that Adrian died sometime between Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 last year.
The boy’s remains weren’t discovered until last November.
Police were initially called to the home over a domestic disturbance.
When investigators arrived at the scene of the crime it was then that police learned Adrian had been gone for several months and may have been murdered.
On Thanksgiving Day, police officially served a search warrant and found human remains in a barn.
Later, after DNA testing, the remains were identified, they belonged to Adrian.
The District Attorney Jerome Gorman said the crime scene was “one of the worst things“ police investigators had ever seen.
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