CJS 240 Week 4 Checkpoint Case Study Critique Checkpoint (Appendix C)

In October of 2003, investigators, alerted by a neighbor who saw a child searching through trash cans, found four undernourished males in the Jackson home. Three other children residing in the home appeared to be physically normal. At this time, all seven children were removed from the Jackson home and placed under the care of the state child welfare agency. Their mother and father, Vanessa and Raymond Jackson, faced charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.


The four malnourished males, Michael, 9, Tyrone, 10, Keith, 14, and Bruce, 19, all entered the Jackson home between 1991 and 1997. In 2003, when all four males were removed from the home, they weighed a combined 136 pounds. Bruce, the male who had been seen eating out of a trash can, was 19 years old and weighed only 45 pounds. Investigators found that of the four adopted males, five biological children, and three other girls (two adopted and one foster child), that lived in the Jackson home, only the four adopted males were in poor physical condition. The Jackson parents and biological children contended that the four adopted males had eating disorders. The four adopted males reported that they were only fed meager amounts of food while the other children in the household were fed regularly.
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