An Army major and his wife are being retried on charges they abused their three adopted children by withholding food and physically assaulting them.

In November, a federal judge in Newark declared a mistrial after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their other children while questioning a witness.

The judge had previously ruled that the boy's death could not be introduced during the trial because Army Maj. John Jackson and wife, Carolyn, weren't charged directly with his death.

The couple is charged with abusing their three adopted children in 2010 when the family was living at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township. They're accused of disciplining the children over a span of several years by withholding food and water and physically assaulting them.