View Full Version : Couple Arrested on Charges of Starving Kids

10-26-2003, 07:46 AM
A couple whose adopted teenage sons weighed less than 50 pounds have been arrested on charges of starving four boys they adopted through the state Division of Youth and Family Services

10-27-2003, 08:22 AM
The sicko New Jersey couple who starved their four sons apparently preferred their daughters - allowing them to pig out in front of the boys, authorities said.

10-28-2003, 06:56 AM
Oversight Blamed in New Jersey Starvation Case

Jersey fires 9 for not noting 4 starved kids

10-28-2003, 10:53 AM
The "home visits" were probably all done on paper only.

10-28-2003, 11:54 AM
That's my guess. How else could the social workers not have noticed that the boys were seriously underweight? I hope there are some criminal sanctions that apply to those social workers as well.

10-28-2003, 03:51 PM
Does anyone know if these 4 boys were biologically related as well as being adopted by the same folks? The "parents" blamed their appearance on some kind of genetic defect keeping them from absorbing food or something of the sort. If the boys were not related, then this really should have raised red flags. If they were related, it is more probable that they could all be suffering from some sort of problem. I'm not making any kind of excuses for anyone here. I'm just curious.

Jeana (DP)
10-28-2003, 05:21 PM
I heard this morning on the radio that they were biologially the couple's children and the reason they were "small" was because they were born addicted to herion and "never really grew." I find this amazingly difficult to believing considering the fact that one of them has already gained something like 5 pounds. The mere fact that they were born drug addicted seems to me like something that should have prevented these "people" from breeding again!!!

10-28-2003, 05:34 PM
Its simple. The couple's only income was from the CPS people. If they fed the kids, no money would be available for the parents food and 'other substances'.
Heroin, eating disorder, genetic defect,,, I'm sure a defense lawyer will come up with a few more eventually.
I won't believe any of them. And I doubt anyone else will either.

10-29-2003, 02:08 AM
I don't see how they could be the couples "biological" children, though. They would not have to be adopted if that were so.

Jeana (DP)
10-29-2003, 03:03 PM
I think I was mistaken. Heard the wrong info on the news!! They were adopted or foster children.

10-30-2003, 06:39 AM
Child-welfare workers under criminal probe

N.J. abuse case points to lack of school oversight

10-31-2003, 02:10 AM
Blame it on them being homeschooled? Puleeeeze! I'd like "Point the blame with smoke and mirrors" for $1000, please.

Because they were homeschooled, yeah, right.

10-31-2003, 11:09 PM
I always like to point out that most abused kids go to school. It didn't help them any.

11-01-2003, 12:42 AM
I'm sure it was a matter of the social workers goofing off while they filled out forms that said they had visited the home.

You can't see a 45 pound 19 year old and think everything is fine in the home. No matter how dumb the social worker is, none can be that dumb.

11-01-2003, 08:43 AM
911 tape: 'He says he's 19. He can't be 19'
Mike Byrd made a call that led police to 4 starving brothers.

11-02-2003, 08:03 AM
Jailed Couple Deny Starving Boys

11-03-2003, 04:25 PM
I just can't beleive this! I've read it several times now and I just keep thinking one thing. My 3 year old is 3 foot 4 and weighs 40 pounds! We are talking about a 19 year old who was only 5 pounds heavier and 8 inches taller! How is that even possible?

11-03-2003, 04:42 PM
Is it possible that starting someone so much can stunt their growth?

these are very sad cases.

11-03-2003, 06:17 PM
Absolutely! The body of a child is still in its growing stages. Children need nourishment in order for their cells to metabolize. Without enough nutrients and water, their cells will not divide (or will divide at a much slower pace) and grow. Starvation definitely stunts growth in children.

In adults, that wouldn't happen so much because the majority of your growth is over.

11-04-2003, 06:40 AM
Couple Accused of Starving Kids Make Bail

Church delivers accused couple from jail

11-04-2003, 01:35 PM
After reading this story and visiting the web site that the pastor of the Jacksons church set up at http://savethejacksons.org I am starting to wonder if LE has jumped the gun on this one. When I first read the horrifying story of these poor starving children, I too was very upset by it and could not understand how anyone can do such a thing, but maybe the whole story has not come out. I know that the web site was set up to defend the Jacksons so it really only talks about them being wrongly accused but it doesn't hurt to look at their story. It sets up reasonable doubt for me. After seeing the pictures of the Jackson family and the children, the only child (just judging by the pics) that looks terribly sick is the oldest, Bruce 19 years. Then I looked up some things on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to see what some of the characteristics are and I think Bruce does show many of them.

Just being open minded about this one...don't shoot me.

11-05-2003, 06:47 AM

MDs doubt Jacksons' explanation on kids
Say disorders not sole cause in starvation

DYFS caseworkers speak out

Jeana (DP)
11-05-2003, 11:16 AM
Mysunshyn, (by the way LOVE your name),

I agree we need to wait until all the evidence is in before we rush to crucify these people. However, some questions, at least for me, beg answers.

First, why weren't the kids in school?

Second, if the kids were not starved, why was this boy in the garbage looking for food.

Next, why was the kitchen locked?

How have the kids managed to gain so much weight so quickly?

Why weren't the kids taken to the doctor for yearly check ups?

Why didn't the kids see a dentist?

How come child welfare workers didn't note the kids' weights on their visits?

If the state was paying for the children to receive medical care, why didn't the kids see doctors for their supposed illnesses?

If the state agency was not doing anything for these kids, who clearly had a need, how come the parents were doing nothing to try and get them the help they needed?

Why would the kids be eating the walls if they were not starving?

I certainly don't expect you to have the answers to any of these questions. I do hope that the answers come out during the investigation of this case though. I don't think the parents can get off the hook here at any rate. I believe the children may have been born with some problems because of the addictions they might have been born with. However, there are treatments for these ailments and for them to still be suffering the affects of any addictions they may have been born with appears to be unnecessary.

11-05-2003, 01:11 PM
>First, why weren't the kids in school?

>Second, if the kids were not starved,
>why was this boy in the garbage looking for food.
Clearly he was starved. Only the social worker's union disputes the starvation.

>Next, why was the kitchen locked?
So the kids couldn't steal food, what else? Only the defense lawyers will come up with other reasons.

>How have the kids managed to gain so much weight so quickly?
Those nurses keep feeding them three meals a day.

>Why weren't the kids taken to the doctor for yearly check ups?
Costs money that could otherwise be spent on drugs.

>Why didn't the kids see a dentist?
See above.

>How come child welfare workers didn't note
>the kids' weights on their visits?
Probably because those "visits" were paper visits. You know, you sit in the office and fill out the forms for 86 home visits. Then you get on the telephone and spend the rest of the day selling magazine subscriptions.

12-24-2003, 05:54 AM
N.J. Couple Accused of Starving Four Adopted Sons Not Allowed to See Boys Over Christmas

12-29-2003, 06:22 AM
The 19-year-old who weighed 45 pounds when cops found him scavenging through the trash for food has gained 30 pounds and is ready to be released from the hospital. But no one knows where he should go.

05-06-2004, 05:07 AM
A New Jersey couple accused of starving their four adopted boys were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.

Raymond and Vanessa Jackson of Collingswood were each indicted on 28 counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, said Camden County Prosecutor Vincent Sarubbi.

National attention focused on the Jacksons and New Jersey's embattled child welfare service last year when local police found the four emaciated boys at the Jacksons' house.

04-09-2005, 07:30 PM
New Jersey officials said yesterday that they had offered more than $10 million to provide for the once-starving Jackson brothers, but that the lawyer for the youngest three boys had rejected their share of the package.

"We're committed to taking care of these kids for the rest of their lives," said Andy Williams, spokesman for the state Department of Human Services, whose social workers failed to detect the Jacksons' emaciation despite frequent visits to their Collingswood home.

Michael Critchley, the lawyer for the oldest brother, Bruce, said he had reached an agreement in principle with the state for $5 million. He represents Bruce, 20, for free.

"He's going to need every cent of this settlement," Critchley said, adding that Bruce is permanently disabled and will need care for the rest of his life.

The attorney for Keith, Tyrone and Michael Jackson disputed the amount of the state's offer but said talks were continuing. She said she was angry the information had been made public.

"It's inappropriate for the state to be revealing that sort of information," said the attorney, Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights Inc.

The cash would go toward housing, education, and any necessary support services for the four, Williams said. The brothers, who officials say were starved by their adoptive parents, suffer from a variety of disorders, including some developmental disabilities.

After Bruce was found foraging through a neighbor's trash can in search of food in October 2003, the brothers - ages 9, 11, 14 and 19 at the time - were removed from the home weighing a combined 136 pounds. Bruce weighed 45 pounds and stood 4 feet tall.


10-01-2005, 07:19 PM

Lawyers for four New Jersey boys allegedly starved by their adoptive parents have agreed to a $12.5 million dollar settlement from the state of New Jersey, a spokesman for the Division of Youth and Family Services said Friday.


02-10-2006, 11:56 PM
Vanessa Jackson has been convicted to only 7 years.

02-11-2006, 02:13 AM
7 years.....and that family portrait...:mad: I don't know any words that could adequately describe my feelings right now.

02-11-2006, 02:53 AM
I feel the same way, cathieq.

For Bruce to grow 15 inches and 100 pounds between the ages of 19 and 21 is astonishing. It's just astonishing. He's still small, and his voice still hasn't changed, prayers it will and he'll eventually have the normal appearance and sound of a grown man. It doesn't seem all that likely.

Then when you read down a couple articles, the man who starved him to death died of a stroke after his arrest - and family friends accused Bruce of lying. Denial is a river that runs deep!!

I remember when this story first broke. You could look at that foster family and think there are many healthy people here, and four boys who are dying of AIDS, or leukemia, or something. The difference in the healthy ones and the dying ones is profound, yet all are smiling. God.

Little could strangers guess they were being purposely starved.

edited to add: they're all smiling, except Bruce. He looks almost dead. I wonder, if the photographer had said "goodness you have a large family! Are all these yours? And the parents pointed out the adopted children - how obvious it would be, they're the ones who are dying. Everyone else, except the four adopted boys, are glowing with health and fat.

02-11-2006, 03:57 AM
7 years???

oh ... ok yeah ......7 years that compensates for these lives....
I do wonder if 7 years now makes up for food and growth for them??

This Judge should be gone from the bench........

02-11-2006, 11:58 AM
Sentence should have been LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.

Extreme cruelty, torture, fraud & this creature is sentenced to 7 years?

I don't get it, this is disgusting.

02-11-2006, 12:15 PM
Sentence should have been LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.

Extreme cruelty, torture, fraud & this creature is sentenced to 7 years?

I don't get it, this is disgusting. it sure is!!

02-11-2006, 01:05 PM
She should have been charged with attempted murder. Bruce Jackson was tourtured for 12 years and she will only serve 7. These boys will have serious health (physical and mental) problems their whole lives. Thier ordeal didn't end when they were removed from the house, it will never end for them but in 7 years hers will be over.

02-11-2006, 07:06 PM
It doesn't look like the mother was starving, and neither were her biological children. I can't believe her biological daughter got on the stand and plead with the judge to be leniant, I don't care who it is that committed the crime (even if it was my own mother) she deserves to spend some hard core time in jail. Seven years doesn't even begin to pay for what she did to these children, especially the oldest one.

02-12-2006, 07:31 PM

Maybe justice will come full circle for this demon while she is in prison, if you know what I mean. As for those boys I am sooo happy that they are away from that family for good. now they can start to rebuild thier lives through counseling and the friendship of people that care. I and probebly many of us will never understand the laws when it comes to our childrens care and safety.

Texas Mist
02-24-2010, 03:26 PM
Former Camden County mother who starved adopted children is released from prison
By Chris Megerian/Statehouse Bureau
February 24, 2010, 1:27PM

COLLINGSWOOD Vanessa Jackson, who starved her adopted children in a case that focused national attention on New Jersey's foster care system, was released from prison today.

The former Collingswood resident left the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton at 7:50 a.m., said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer.

Jackson, 54, served four years of a possible seven. :furious:

She was arrested along with her husband in 2003 after starving four of their adopted children for years. When the couple was arrested, the boys were 9 to 19 years old and all weighed less than 45 pounds.

All of the children were adopted through the Division of Youth and Family Services, and the four boys were eventually awarded a $12.5 million settlement from the state.

Jackson's husband Raymond died of a stroke in 2004, and she pleaded guilty to child endangerment a year later.

Jackson was denied parole twice, in June 2007 and October 2009, according to Parole Board spokesman Neal Buccino.

Both times, the board decided she had not accepted responsibility for her actions and blamed a medical condition for the children's emancipated state.

un-frigging believable!! :furious:

I'm hoping Karma is waiting on the outside for her.

02-24-2010, 03:30 PM
im disgutipated :(

02-24-2010, 03:39 PM
Former Camden County mother who starved adopted children is released from prison

Jackson, 54, served four years of a possible seven. :furious:

Only in America :banghead:

02-24-2010, 03:46 PM
if she thought they had eating disorders, take them to a damn doctor.

dont wait till they widdle down to skeletons. what a bunch of shinola.......and then bio daughter sticks up for her