Mistrial Declared in Army Couple’s Child Abuse Trial

As the trial continued on November 14, 2014, a prosecutor let the child’s death slip and the judge declared a mistrial.

Denalee Chapman November 18, 2014
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Before the trial began last month, U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden ordered that the death of one of the couple’s three adopted children be kept from the jury because it would be prejudicial. As the trial continued on November 14, 2014, a prosecutor let the child’s death slip and the judge declared a mistrial.

While questioning the couple’s 16-year-old biological son, Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Jampol mis-phrased a question.  She asked him if he remembered something that had happened when his adopted brother “was alive.”

U.S. Army Major John and Carolyn Jackson have been charged with child endangerment and assault for abusing and neglecting their three adopted children.  The abuse included swats with a wooden paddle, force feeding red hot pepper flakes, and neglecting to get proper medical help for their children.

A date has not yet been set for the retrial.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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