It was indeed a house of horrors.
Dead mice, dirty clothes, syringes, pornographic videos and rat poison were found littered throughout the house in Kansas City, in the US state of Kansas.
And there was also a smell that could only be described as stomach-turning.
It was where a seven-year-old boy, Adrian, was murdered, reported Fox4kc.com.
The boy's father, Michael Jones, and the stepmother, Heather Jones, have been charged with murder.
Heather, 29, was arrested late last week and charged with murder and child abuse.
Jones, 44, was arrested last month and charged with child abuse, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. A charge of murder was added on Friday.
Police found human remains in a livestock pen at the property. The pen housed chickens and several large pigs.
Heather's father told The Kansas City Star that his daughter had called him.
He said: "She told me that Mike killed the little boy and it would be all over the news.
"He fed him to the pigs, is all she said... and that's the last time we talked."
Authorities have not verified the allegation involving pigs, but Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerry Gorman described the case as "one of the worst things" that police investigators said they had ever seen.
Six girls, ranging in age from 10 years to younger than two, who also were living at the Jones' home were placed in protective custody before Heather was arrested.
The couple have been married for about seven years.
Heather's father said four of the girls are the biological children of Heather and Michael. The other two girls and Adrian are believed to be Michael's children from previous relationships.
Heather's brother, Mr Michael Williams, told TV station KSHB that the relationship was abusive and that his sister was living in "fear for her own life".
But Jones' daughter, Jesha, 26, defended her father, telling KSHB he was "the kindest, most generous person in the world" and that he was "devastated" over the charges against him.
The property owner, Ms Jennifer Hoevers, visited the house after the couple were in jail and found the US$500,000 (S$703,000) property in shambles.
"I was shocked. And disgusted... Fast-food wrappers everywhere. Rotting food everywhere," she was quoted as saying.
She had rented the house to the Jones and Heather about a year and a half ago. She said they seemed like a nice couple who showed interest in buying the home eventually.
Ms Hoevers said: "They were very polite, respectful. Didn't see any issues with them."
She said she and her husband had put their entire life savings into the house and that they had a lot of hopes and dreams for it.
Added Ms Hoevers: "We wanted someone else to enjoy it. We saw they had kids. Seemed like they would be a good family to try and enjoy it also. It's... it's sad."
This article was first published on December 16, 2015.
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