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N.J. Woman Gets Five-Year Prison Term

January 17, 2003

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ A woman who admitted torturing and starving her son nearly 15 years ago and then fled the state with her husband was sentenced to five years in prison.

Kaia Jackson pleaded guilty in September to charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment. She was ordered Thursday to serve 30 months before she becomes eligible for parole.

Her husband, Ernest Jackson, who was the boy’s stepfather, was convicted on similar charges and is now serving a 12-year term.

Their son, Cymande Jackson, has said his stepfather and mother beat him with switches, electrical cords and hangers and locked him in a closet for long periods of time.

The Jacksons were arrested in June 1988 after Cymande, then 8, wandered into a restaurant with scars, burns and other injuries on his body.

The Division of Youth and Family Services had custody of Cymande when his mother and stepfather fled shortly afterward. They were finally arrested in Tulsa, Okla., in 2000 after being featured on the Fox television program ``America’s Most Wanted.″

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