Friday, May 10, 2013

John Jackson appears in full uniform hand-in-hand with wife as they face trial for 'abusing foster children by breaking their bones and force-feeding them hot pepper'

An Army major and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges alleging the couple abused their three foster children by withholding food and water, making the children eat red pepper and assaulting them to the point of breaking their bones.

Dressed in full military uniform, John Jackson appeared with his wife Carolyn Jackson in federal court in Newark, New Jersey on 17 counts of endangerment, assault and conspiracy.

A trial date was set for July 8, and each of the Jacksons was allowed to remain free on $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors say the alleged crimes took place in 2010 while the family was living at the Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township. Both John and Carolyn Jackson have denied the charges.