NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- An Army major and his wife are on trial for abusing their three adopted children by withholding food and water and physically assaulting them.

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A federal prosecutor told jurors Monday in Newark that John and Carolyn Jackson's children suffered broken bones and other injuries and were underweight and developmentally delayed as a result of the abuse over several years. The children were removed from the home in 2010.

A previous trial ended in a mistrial after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of the children while questioning a witness.

The judge had ruled the boy's death could not be mentioned because the Jacksons weren't charged directly with his death.

An attorney for Carolyn Jackson told jurors Monday that her parenting methods might have been questionable but they weren't criminal.

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