Archive for Friday, November 11, 2005

Mom accused of starving her children pleads guilty

November 11, 2005


— A woman accused of severely starving her four adopted sons pleaded guilty Thursday to child endangerment, admitting she did not provide the children with proper food or medical care.

Prosecutors who signed off on the plea bargain are asking that Vanessa Jackson get seven years in prison at sentencing Feb. 10.

Jackson, 50, and her husband, Raymond, were thrust into the national spotlight in 2003 after their adopted son, Bruce, was found scavenging for food in a neighbor's trash. He was 19, but from his size - 45 pounds - police figured him for about 7.

Jackson and her husband were each charged with 28 counts of aggravated assault and child endangerment, charges that carry a combined sentence of hundreds of years in prison. Raymond Jackson died of a stroke last year.


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