KSHB, Channel 41, Kansas City, Missouri
In 2015, police announced they found the remains of a child in a pigpen at a home in rural Kansas City, Kansas. That little boy was 7-year-old, Adrian Jones. Adrian's father and step-mother were arrested for his murder.
KSHB conducted an intense search for information. Through working with multiple sources, journalists were able to obtain exclusive surveillance footage from inside the home that detailed Adrian's abuse.
Adrian's parents watched the little boy's every move. Adrian was often placed in handcuffs, forced to stand with his hands over his head for hours and left outside overnight to stand in a filthy swimming pool. The last hours of Adrian's life were spent locked in a shower stall, which ultimately became his coffin. Adrian died from starvation.
KSHB did a three-part series on what happened to Adrian. The week the series aired, KSHB went to Topeka where they spoke with several lawmakers about the flaws within the system. That same day, State Rep. Louis Ruiz introduced Adrian's Act. If passed, it will strengthen child abuse reporting laws by holding adults criminally responsible for reporting abuse if they live in the home where the abuse is occurring.
Jessica McMaster, Investigative Reporter
Chase Lucas and Rex Harris, Photographers