Kansas Pays $1 Million Settlement to Mother of Boy Fed to Pigs

Kansas Pays  Million Settlement to Mother of Boy Fed to Pigs

The state of Kansas has agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to the mother of 7-year-old Adrian Jones, who was brutally murdered by his father and stepmother in 2015. The settlement was made public on Wednesday following a lawsuit filed in 2017 by Adrian’s mother, maternal grandmother, and adult sister. The lawsuit accused child welfare officials of failing to intervene and save the young boy from his horrifying fate.

Adrian’s father, Michael Jones, and stepmother, Heather Jones, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and are currently serving 25-years-to-life in prison for their heinous crime. The couple had subjected Adrian to years of physical abuse and torture before his death. Shocking details emerged during the trial, revealing that the boy had been beaten, locked naked in a shower for months, and recorded on video as he wasted away. His remains were eventually discovered in a pigsty outside the home where Michael and Heather were living.

The lawsuit was filed against the Kansas Department of Children and Families and 10 employees of Missouri’s Department of Social Services. It alleged that these agencies had failed to intervene and had acted as disinterested bystanders. A separate lawsuit was also filed in Missouri, which was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2020.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and state legislative leaders approved the settlement in a public vote on Tuesday, avoiding a trial that was scheduled for April 2025. The tragic case prompted the passing of “Adrian’s Law” in 2021, which requires child welfare workers to personally observe any child alleged to be a victim of abuse or neglect. The law also includes provisions for improved training for doctors in identifying child abuse.

Family lawyer Matt Birch expressed the hope that the lawsuit and the new law would lead to increased vigilance in protecting vulnerable children. The Kansas Senate Minority Leader, Dinah Sykes, stated that the settlement was agreed upon to prevent the trial from distracting efforts to improve the child welfare system.

The Joneses’ abuse of Adrian was characterized by escalating cruelty as they sought to exert control over him. Court records revealed that the boy was tied to an inversion table, cuffed and shocked, and subjected to starvation. In November 2017, Michael attempted to retract his guilty plea, claiming coercion by his lawyer and denying his guilt. However, he remains in prison after being convicted of murder.

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3 Responses

  1. This tragic case highlights the importance of child protection and the failures of the system in ensuring the safety of vulnerable children. Adrian Jones’ story is a heartbreaking example of how a child can fall through the cracks and suffer unimaginable abuse.

    In my own community, there was a similar case that shook everyone to the core. A 5-year-old girl, let’s call her Emily, was repeatedly abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Despite multiple reports of suspected abuse from concerned neighbors and teachers, the authorities failed

  2. This is such a heartbreaking story. It’s important to shed light on cases like these to raise awareness and advocate for justice. I would be more than willing to share this post on my social media platforms to help spread the word and promote it further. Let’s work together to ensure that Adrian’s story is heard and that steps are taken to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

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