4 Starved Boys Growing, But Harm May Be Lasting

Weeks after Bruce Jackson was found rummaging for food in a neighbor's garbage in Collingswood, N.J., the facts about his health and medical history remain elusive. At 19, he weighed 45 pounds and was the oldest of four boys found malnourished at their adoptive parents' house in October. Prosecutors, calling the case a shocking instance of child abuse, said the boys were denied food by their parents. The family and its supporters said that the boys had, among other things, a history of eating disorders and that Bruce Jackson in particular often gorged on food and threw it up.


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