- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The trial for an Army major and his wife who are charged with abusing their three adopted children and lying about it to health officials has begun.

The Record reported (https://bit.ly/ZIrHkT ) that Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Shumafsky told a jury Friday that Major John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, engaged in a systematic pattern of abuse of their three adopted children.

The Jacksons have pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of endangerment, assault and conspiracy.

They’re accused of withholding food and water, making the children eat red pepper and assaulting them to the point of breaking their bones in 2010 when the family was living at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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