New Jersey Child Services Office Takes Children From Army Major

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FATHER: 'MY CHILDREN ARE BEING HELD HOSTAGE'

BRIAN FITZPATRICK
May 1, 2013

Christian family broken apart by state agency holding 5 kids

Army Major John Jackson and his wife Carolyn, devout Christian homeschoolers with a history of serving as adoptive and foster parents, had their 5 children taken away in April 2010 by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services – and despite the collapse of the evidence against the Jacksons, DYFS hasn’t returned the children to their parents.

During the course of a 9-month legal battle to regain custody of their children, the Jacksons say they have encountered prejudice against their religion and homeschooling as they fight a state agency determined to see the children adopted by strangers no matter what the evidence says.

According to the Jacksons, DYFS employees, contractors and foster parents alike have demonstrated anti-religious bias, including one case supervisor who refused to allow the Jacksons to pray with their children as they wished, for the reunification of the family.

“You can pray about other things, you can pray that they’ll be happy in their placements,” said a DYFS worker identified by Jackson as Denise Hollerbach.

Jackson accuses DYFS of fraudulently misrepresenting statements by himself and his children to build a case against him, “brainwashing” the children by telling them they have been abused and “isolating” them by not allowing them to be assessed independently by U.S. Army investigators.

The father of five claims DYFS suppressed a medical report concluding that injuries suffered by daughter Chaya Jackson could not be proven with “medical certainty” to have resulted from child abuse. Dr. Mark S. Finkelstein of the Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children wrote, “It is equally possible that this injury may have occurred in or around the time of birth or in the later post-neonatal period” – before Chaya was adopted by the Jacksons.

“DYFS kept this out of the court. We had to get it and provide it as evidence,” said Jackson.

John Jackson added DYFS conducted a “forensic assessment” under the guise of fulfilling a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation: “It was really an interrogation. They should have been read me my rights, and I should have had a lawyer present.”

“They’ve got all my children,” John Jackson lamented. “My children are being held hostage. They’ve been kidnapped.

A DYFS spokesman refused to comment on the case, citing “strict confidentiality laws.”

During a visit with the children, a DYFS supervisor told Jackson he was not allowed to pray with his children for reunification of the family. Jackson recorded the following conversation with a woman he identified as Denise Hollerbach:

Jackson: I was told by Mr., ah, that we can’t pray about reunification?

Hollerbach: No. Not about reunification. You can pray, I can talk to you in the other room away from the children if you’d like.

Jackson: OK

Hollerbach: Can you tell me what the prayer is about?

Jackson: Yeah, the prayer is about our family and restoring our family.

Hollerbach: OK, and that’s what – because we don’t want the children to feel guilty about anything that’s going on and we’re afraid that would inspire guilt in their heart, which we’re trying to, you know, we’re trying to keep that out of it. [garbled] We’re talking in terms of prayer, not about reunification

Jackson: OK, you’re telling me what I can and can’t pray about.

Hollerbach: Well, for the kids’ sake, the psychologists have recommended that we not discuss reunification right now.

The following week, DYFS withdrew the prohibition on praying for reunification.

After another supervised visit, Carolyn Jackson said the DYFS supervisor told her, “It was a good visit today because there wasn’t much God talk. We have a problem with your believing in the part that talks about spanking.” Jackson added, “They are changing our children’s words, ‘if a man loves his child he’ll beat his child.’ They will skew any words they can to fit their own purpose.”

The Jacksons’ problems with DYFS trace back to 2008 when their adopted two-year-old son Joshua died of a seizure. The Jacksons had provided foster care to several medically at-risk children while living in Oklahoma and adopted Joshua, who was born with birth defects and a drug addiction.

According to John Jackson, when possible abuse of Chaya emerged, a hospital social worker claimed Joshua had died at home under suspicious circumstances and was cremated rapidly so his death could not be investigated.

John Jackson replies that Joshua was cremated only after his body was examined and released by a medical examiner, and the family was cleared of any wrongdoing by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.

“He died of a seizure disorder in the hospital,” said Jackson, who asserted in a court document that Joshua died at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover, N.J. The Army major then observed that, as an active duty serviceman, he has no permanent home.

After the Jacksons brought two-year-old Chaya to Morristown Memorial Hospital with a high fever and heavy sweating, they were accused of “medical neglect, malnourishment and salt poisoning,” said Jackson. He added that the hospital “manufactured evidence” of broken bones to prove Chaya had been physically abused.

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The hospital found that Chaya was very small for her age and had abnormally high levels of salt in her blood. X-rays revealed evidence of a healed fracture in the wrist.

“All five children were taken away, right away, ” said Meyer. The five children include the Jacksons’ three natural children, 13-year-old John Jr., 10-year-old Cameron, 9-year-old Chavon, and two adopted children, four-year-old Jana and Chaya. The two adopted children are daughters of a cousin of Carolyn Jackson, and were classified as medically at-risk when they were adopted. Chaya, in particular, has not grown in length since she was one year old, and has been diagnosed with “failure to thrive.”

“When the kids were in custody, they said ‘Yes, we were spanked,’ and they quoted the Bible, ‘Spare the rod, spoil the child.’ So DYFS said they were beaten with rods and are ‘over-religious,’ and took their Bibles away,” said Meyer.

In addition to physical abuse, the Jacksons have been accused of abusing the children through corporal punishment and depriving them of TV and video games, and of harming their social development through home schooling.

According to Meyer, a pediatric nephrologist has found that Chaya’s excessive salt is caused by a medical condition called hypernatremia, not by “salt poisoning.” Another specialist will testify that Chaya’s broken bone may have occurred at birth, not resulting from abuse by the Jacksons.

“Many of the reasons they took the children in the first place have been disproven,” Meyer added. “Now the case is just about spanking.”

Jackson children allegedly mistreated in foster homes

As the legal battle drags on, the five Jackson children have been bounced around between several foster homes, and currently live in three separate homes.

“We have relatives willing to take all five children, but DYFS told us that family is not an option for placement for our children,” said Carolyn Jackson.

“They put our children into homes completely opposite to our lifestyle … It has just been a constant barrage of them coming against our faith,” Carolyn Jackson continued.

“They went through a process of forcing our children to assimilate, trained our children to defy authority, and tried to break down their resolve,” she added. “Foster parents encouraged kids to do ungodly things. [DYFS] wouldn’t put them with the family we chose whose values were consistent with ours.

“They’ve been ridiculed for praying before their meals, their Bibles have been taken away from them. I made up books of pictures for the kids. They took away pictures of all their parents, brothers and sisters, stripped them of any memory of home.

“Two of our kids, Cameron and Chavon, have been moved to relative care after being moved around in four different homes,” added Carolyn Jackson. “In the fourth home, the man picked my daughter up off the floor, slammed her against the wall and screamed at her. They stripped our children of any comfort food, only water and cold cut sandwiches. They were 10 and 8 at the time, Chavon is now 9.”

Chaya is living in a special foster home for “medically fragile” children. According to John Jackson, she has put on weight, but still hasn’t grown in length.

John and Jana are living with foster parents who “told them they had been abused,” said Carolyn Jackson. “They told the kids we are religious fundamentalists who didn’t allow the children to socialize because we homeschooled them. This unmarried couple has put out documents saying we were religious fundamentalists, enrolled our daughter in public school and refused to bring her out to the Christian school.

“The foster father threatened my husband, so he filed a police report. DYFS won’t see it is a hostile home environment. They moved instead to cut off our phone access to our kids. DYFS successfully got our daily phone contact cut to two times a week.”

John Jackson added that the foster family enrolled John and Jana in public schools in defiance of a court order allowing the Jacksons to enroll their children in Christian schools.

“We were told we don’t have a right to know what school our child is going to, after we won in court the right to keep our children in Christian schools.”

The case returns to court Monday, when the Jacksons will present their defense.

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I'm not all about the brain washing jesus shit. But there are plenty of nigs who are allowed to brain wash their kids into thug life. I'll take crazy jesus brain washing over negroid brain washing any day.
 

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Something is weird in the story and timeline. Even if its the right of the parents to home school and teach religion, DYFS isnt going to pull kids out for that. Many kids are in the same situation and nothing comes of it. The timeline seems to show neglect and repeated instances of failure.
 

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I was almost ready to believe it until I saw the link went to WND. That almost guarantees that most of the relevant info is left out.
 

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Yeah, something smells like bullshit.
 

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I think there's something wrong with that story also, but again another instance where someone's children were taken without giving them due process. If you're sure the kids are being abused, you must have enough evidence to charge and prosecute them, so do so.
 

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I think there's something wrong with that story also, but again another instance where someone's children were taken without giving them due process. If you're sure the kids are being abused, you must have enough evidence to charge and prosecute them, so do so.

Stop being so logical. You're upsetting the nitwits, sir.
 

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I think there's something wrong with that story also, but again another instance where someone's children were taken without giving them due process. If you're sure the kids are being abused, you must have enough evidence to charge and prosecute them, so do so.
Uh, no. The childrens' well being, in the case of abuse, trumps due process. When children are having bones broken and are being starved, you don't wait for the years it would take to send this through the court.
 

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Uh, no. The childrens' well being, in the case of abuse, trumps due process. When children are having bones broken and are being starved, you don't wait for the years it would take to send this through the court.
I can understand removing them while they are being investigated and maybe during a trial, but it's been three fucking years without a charge. If there's not enough evidence to charge them with a single crime after three years, then give the fucking kids back.
 

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I can understand removing them while they are being investigated and maybe during a trial, but it's been three fucking years without a charge. If there's not enough evidence to charge them with a single crime after three years, then give the fucking kids back.
Fair enough.
 

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Yep... playing up the Jeebus angle to whip up the rubes.
Not just that..but the armed forces card as well. I'm shocked that they didn't say "das racis" as well.

I'm not a doctor, but weren't they basically saying "we didn't poison her with salt water, she was just dehydrated like a raisin"?
 

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I think there's something wrong with that story also, but again another instance where someone's children were taken without giving them due process. If you're sure the kids are being abused, you must have enough evidence to charge and prosecute them, so do so.
It doesn't work that way... in cases of suspected child abuse, you are guilty until proven innocent as far as custody of your children is concerned.This is done to protect the welfare of the children... to err on the side of caution rather than regret.

The criminal case is a whole different matter where you are considered innocent until proven guilty.

As I've said before... being a CPS agency/agent is an awful, thankless job. You are damned as a jackbooted Nazi thug if you do step in to protect a child, and you are damned as a bumbling incompetent who allowed a child to be hurt/killed if you don't.

Oh... and broken bones.

Seriously? Malnourishment and broken bones isn't enough? Do these sick fucks have to start tossing kid carcasses out the window before "due process" is satisfied and these kids can be taken away from these sick fucks?
 

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I can understand removing them while they are being investigated and maybe during a trial, but it's been three fucking years without a charge. If there's not enough evidence to charge them with a single crime after three years, then give the fucking kids back.
Oh... I missed the three years part.

Yeah... I agree... shit or get off the pot with that.
 

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Oh... I missed the three years part.

Yeah... I agree... shit or get off the pot with that.
Yeah I understand taking the kids into protective custody while you investigate and if you have probable cause, but something is up here if the family hasn't been charged after that length of time.
 

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Yeah I understand taking the kids into protective custody while you investigate and if you have probable cause, but something is up here if the family hasn't been charged after that length of time.

CPS probably lost track of where the kids are.