Judge declares mistrial in base child abuse case

AP News
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 11:10 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness.

Army Maj. John Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, are charged with abusing their three adopted children in 2010 when the family was living at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.

One of the children died of natural causes in 2008. The judge had ruled jurors would not be told about the death because it could be prejudicial.

Testimony abruptly ended Thursday after a prosecutor referred to an event when one child "was alive." The mistrial was granted Friday.

The Jacksons have pleaded not guilty.