Neighbors Shocked After NJ Couple Accused Of Abusing Children - New York News

Neighbors Shocked After NJ Couple Accused Of Abusing Children

Posted: Updated:
U.S. Army Major John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, are seen in this photo. U.S. Army Major John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, are seen in this photo.
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -

Neighbors in the Mount Holly community where an army major and his wife call home were shocked to hear of allegations the couple severely abused their children over several years.

State investigators accuse U.S. Army Major John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, of a cruel behavioral training program for their adoptive kids.

Investigators went door-to-door in the Mount Holly neighborhood Tuesday where the couple has a home.

In a 17-count indictment, the couple is accused of abusing their adoptive and three biological children from 2005 to 2010.

According to the indictment, the couple allegedly hit their children hard enough to cause "broken bones." Water and food was "withheld" and, in some cases, the couple allegedly forced their kids to consume "red pepper flakes, hot sauce and a raw onion," according to the indictment.

The alleged abuse happened when the family lived at the Picatinny Arsenal Army Installation in Morris County, where Jackson works to develop new military ammunition.

Neighbors describe the Jackson family as being deeply religious, and say they moved in more than a year ago.

A blog was recently created to rally support for the couple when their children were taken into state custody, following the 2008 death of one of their adoptive children. The couple was not charged in the death, but they were charged with assaulting the child and withholding medical treatment.

The Jacksons surrendered to authorities earlier Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Picatinny Arsenal told FOX 29 it is cooperating with investigators. The Jackson's children have been placed back into the custody of the state.

The couple is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness

    Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:20:23 GMT
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:00:24 GMT
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a...
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.
  • Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:15:54 GMT

    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.


    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.



Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices