Vanessa Jackson starved kids Bruce Jackson, 19, Tre Shawn Jackson, 14, Terrell Jackson, 10, and Michael Jackson, 9, in October 2003. Vanessa Jackson starved her adopted kids for years but told everyone they suffered from a growth disorder.
Vanessa Jackson and her husband Raymond Jackson lived in New Jersey and starved all of their kids. Initially, the Jacksons were foster parents to 4 kids but they later adopted them. The kids were abused and starved. They were isolated, kept at home and had no one to turn to.
One morning, Bruce Jackson was so hungry he rummaged through a neighbor’s garbage, looking for food. The neighbor called police, who then learned the truth about Vanessa Jackson starving her kids.
Vanessa Jackson and her husband, Raymond Jackson, were arrested and charged with 28 counts of child endangerment and aggravated assault.
Tre Shawn Jackson, Terrell Jackson, Michael Jackson
Bruce Jackson, Tre Shawn Jackson, Terrell Jackson, Michael Jackson
There are stories behind the Jackson children. Vanessa and Raymond Jackson denied starving the children. They had other kids in the house who were well fed. The Jacksons took in a total of 35 kids in several years. They had money from the state for the kids but they were not rich from profiteering from the welfare. There was at least one period that their home’s power and utilities were cut because of unpaid bills.
Bruce Jackson had a rumination habit where he would regurgitate his food, rechew the acidic contents and swallow them.
Michael Jackson and some of the other children copied the rumination behavior. The kids had rotten teeth because of the constant rumination.
The children in the Jackson home told conflicting stories about their meals. When questioned, they would say they had good meals.
Raymond Jackson said Bruce had emotional and psychological problems which may have led to him accusing his adoptive parents of starving him and his brothers.
In 2006, Vanessa Jackson was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Raymond Jackson died in 2004 and his cause of death was due to a stroke. Raymond Jackson was also charged but he passed away before he could stand trial.
Vanessa Jackson served 4 years in prison and was released in February 2010.
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