Bruce, Michael, Tyrone and Keith Jackson


Four New Jersey boys who had been systematically starved by their adoptive parents, while state child welfare workers, in a bewildering series of errors, failed to make the most basic checks on the children over a dozen years. Bruce(19) was 45 lbs, Keith (14) was 41 lbs, Tyrone (10) was 28lbs,  Michael (9) was  23lbs. The boys were also beaten with brooms, rulers, sticks, shoes and belt buckles. Above is a family photo, a close up of Bruce and Bruce 27 months later.

Vanessa Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The boy's father died of a stroke before being convicted.
Date: 2003-10-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Organizations: DYFS' Southern Adoption Resource Center


Collinswood, New Jersey
United States
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DYFS fails 4 starving children2003-10-26
Amid Images of Love and Starvation, A More Nuanced Picture Emerges2003-11-02
House Committee on Ways and Means TO EXAMINE RECENT FAILURE TO PROTECT CHILD SAFETY2003-11-03
Pastor's Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support2003-11-06
Prosecutor Says Medical Data Point to 4 Boys' Starvation2003-11-07
Starving children got medical care before adoptions2003-11-13
Starved At Home?2003-11-13
No more excuses (Editorial)2003-12-01
No Holiday Visit for Couple Accused of Starving Sons2003-12-23
Man accused of starving adopted sons dies2004-01-12
New Jersey Failed Basic Checks As Boys Starved, a Report Finds2004-02-13
Hell House Revisited2004-11-15
Home Schoolers May Be No Safer in Their Homes Than Other Children2004-11-17
Father charged in starvation case dies [includes a timeline]2004-12-01
State to probe starvation allegations2005-01-02
Four boys to share $12.5M settlement in starvation case2005-10-01
Guilty Plea in Camden Child Starvation Case 2005-11-11
Mother accused of starving adopted son 2006-02-09
95 Pounds Heavier, Angry Son Faces Mother Who Starved Him 2006-02-11
Woman in 2003 child-abuse case to go free today2010-02-24
Starved Kids Thrive 6 Years after Abuse2010-03-02
Nonprofit to probe adoptive brothers' claims2010-04-08
Assembly panel approves bill regulating home-schooling of foster children despite outcry2012-05-15


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