Stepmom of 7-year-old boy pleads guilty to first-degree murder

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Heather Jones pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to murdering her 7-year-old stepson A.J., according to a news release from the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse. She will be sentenced November 14. 

The investigation into the case began on November 25, 2015, when KCK police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 5200 block of North 99th Street. While officers were investigating, someone told them the remains of a missing boy could be found at a house nearby. The next day, investigators found remains of a child in a barn on the property.

The news release says a forensics examination identified the remains as A.J.'s. Further investigation showed A.J.  had been confined and abused during his life. 

Michael Jones, A.J.’s father, is also charged in the case. In November 2015, he was charged with one count of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of child abuse. In December 2015, he was also charged with first-degree murder in connection with his son's death.

According to the news release, a hearing was also held Thursday afternoon for Michael Jones. He asked for a new attorney and the judge denied it. His trial is set for February 6, 2017.

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