Woman sentenced to life in prison in stepson's murder

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Heather Jones was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for her role in the death of her 7-year-old stepson A.J.

She pleaded guilty in October to first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse.

The investigation into the case began in November 2015 when KCK police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home. While officers were investigating, they were told the remains of a missing boy could be found at a home nearby. The next day, investigators found the remains of a child in a barn on the property.

A forensics examination identified the remains as A.J.’s, according to a news release from the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office. Further investigation showed A.J. had been confined and abused during his life.

Judy Conway is A.J.'s maternal grandmother. She described her grandson as a happy child.

"I'm sorry I couldn't protect him because that's what I wanted to do, that's what I tried to do," said Conway.

Michael Jones, A.J.’s father, is also charged in the case. He faces multiple charges including first-degree murder in connection with his son’s death.

Michael Jones’s trial is set for February 2017.

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