Kansas woman accused in killing of stepson, 7, hears charges

FILE - This file photo provided by the Wyandotte County, Kansas, Detention Center shows Heather Jones. Heather and her bail bondsman husband, Michael Jones, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of a child who authorities believe is the man's missing 7-year-old son. (Wyandotte County Detention Center via AP, File)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman accused in the death of her missing 7-year-old stepson has briefly appeared before a judge.

Heather Jones was charged Friday with first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of a child whom authorities believe to be her stepson. She’s in custody on $5 million bond. Her husband, Michael Jones, is in custody on the same charges.

Heather Jones appeared Monday via a video feed before a Wyandotte County judge, who read the charges to her and set her next court appearance for Dec. 22.

No lawyer is listed to comment on her behalf.

Police said the child was reported missing after authorities called to the family’s home last month found a juvenile’s remains at the property. Tests to identify the remains are expected to take weeks.

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