An evil dad and stepmum who starved and tortured a seven-year-old boy before his dead body was fed to pigs have been jailed for life.
Little Adrian Jones was a ‘bag of bones’ when he died in 2015 following months of horrific abuse at the hands of Michael and Heather Jones.
During his harrowing ordeal, the youngster was bound to kitchen cutting boards and forced to stand in filthy water up to his neck ‘for hours’.
He was also starved, beaten, and shocked with a stun gun by his stepmum – at times, for as long as 20 seconds, a court heard.
A tearful detective told a hearing to “imagine the screams of a seven-year-old boy” and pointed out how long 20 seconds of agony was.
Adrian, from Kansas, US, was fed to pigs by his father after his death.
The animals had been bought by Michael Jones specifically to get rid of his son’s body, DailyMail.com reports.
The youngster’s were found in November 2015 in a barn on property rented by his dad and stepmum.
Just a day earlier, police had visited the property following a domestic disturbance report, according to The Kansas City Star.
Officers discovered Adrian had not been seen for several months and that surveillance cameras were set up in the house.
These cameras captured the shocking abuse the little boy experienced.
Michael Jones, 46, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder in March, 16 months after his son’s remains were discovered.
He didn’t show any emotion as he was locked up for life yesterday.
He will serve 25 years behind bars before he can seek parole.
His wife and Adrian’s stepmum, Heather Jones, 31, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse in November.
She is also serving a life sentence.
During her sentencing, the court had heard how her young stepson had essentially starved to death after months of abuse.
Heather Jones had claimed that she had been helpless, unable to protect herself and Adrian from her abusive partner.
Speaking after Michael Jones’s sentencing yesterday, Adrian’s maternal gran, Judy Conway said: “I think he has no remorse.”
She also described Adrian as a sweet boy that she will always remember.
She is now calling for a public inquiry into how no-one helped her grandson during his months of abuse and torture.