Invisible Children

Son of Jimmy and Amy Jones

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

A 15-year-old boy was starved and tortured by his father, Jimmy Jones Sr. (left), his stepmother, Amy Jones (second left), and his two adult stepbrothers, Tyler Adkins (second right) and Jonathan Plank (right). The boy was homeschooled. A 4-year-old girl who lived in the home was not reported to be abused.

The boy and his little sister were raised by their grandfather until approximately 2013, when they were removed by DHS and the boy was placed with his father. Around 2016, the boy was removed from school to be homeschooled, after which time he was not allowed to leave the property. He was forced to live in a barn with farm animals and only allowed into the house to use the bathroom. In 2017, the boy’s father shot him in the leg with a shotgun, leaving the bullets in his leg. The boy also had broken bones and an infected head wound which his father treated with superglue. The boy was starved while others in the home were well-fed; when he was rescued, he weighed only 80 lbs. and his rescuers estimated he was a week from death. Amy Jones claimed the family had not sought medical care for the boy because they lacked insurance, but evidence of insurance was found in the home.

The abuse came to light when a passerby observed the boy’s condition and called child services. Jimmy Jones was charged with child abuse and all four of the perpetrators were charged with neglect.

Date: July 18, 2018
Meeker, Oklahoma


Documents: Date:
UPDATE: Starving Meeker teen hospitalized; 4 jailed in child neglect case 07-18-2018
Report: Boy found starving, living in barn in rural Lincoln County 07-19-2018
Injured, starving teen was ‘within a week of death’ 07-19-2018
Four arrested after starving teen found living in Oklahoma barn with animals 07-19-2018
Abuse case spurs debate over home schooling reform 07-29-2018