Army major, wife face child abuse charges in NJ

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Army major and his wife are accused of denying their children food and water, physically assaulting them and denying them medical care for injuries the parents inflicted.

John and Carolyn Jackson are charged with numerous counts of endangerment as well as assault and conspiracy. They are scheduled to appear in federal court in New Jersey on Tuesday.

A 17-count indictment says the crimes occurred while the couple lived at Picatinny Arsenal, 35 miles west of New York City, with their three biological and three adopted or foster children. The U.S. attorney's office has jurisdiction because the alleged crimes occurred on a military installation.

One of their children died in 2008, but the parents are not charged with that death.

It wasn't immediately known if the Jacksons had retained attorneys.