Katherine Jackson loses custody of Michael's children
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Katherine Jackson loses custody of Michael's children

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jul 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM PDT
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Katherine Jackson has just lost custody of her three grandchildren. The 82-year-old mother of the late Michael Jackson, flew to LA on July 25 after being gone from her grandkids for 10 days.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granted TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Michael's brother Tito, temporary guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket.

The decision followed a chaotic week of conflicting reports over the health and whereabouts of the pop singer's mother Katherine, 82, who was reported missing by granddaughter Paris but later said by family members to be resting in Arizona at the home of one of her daughters.

READ: Court docs granting T.J. temporary custody

TMZ reports that T.J. Jackson, Michael's nephew and Tito's 34-year-old son, was granted temporary guardianship during an emergency hearing that followed just hours after what he called a "strange" call from the matriarch Tuesday night.

His lawyer Charles Shultz jumped in to explain the call was so "strange," TJ worried either she was reading a script or "maybe she was speaking in code.

TMZ also reports that before temporary guardianship was granted, the judge ordered the children not to be removed from California without a court order.

The judge also ruled that Diana Ross - who Michael named as a back-up guardian to his kids in his will - Michael and Paris' biological mother Debbie Rowe should also be informed about current changes.

Katherine’s attorney testified she believes Katherine was being held against her will. TJ’s lawyer confirms there was an incident at the Calabasas home last night that escalated resulting in the police being called.

A source close to the family tells Fox411 that the latest developments come as some of Katherine's offspring, namely Randy, Jermaine and Janet, are embroiled in a bitter battle to gain control of the King of Pop's lucrative estate.

What's at stake is a $500 million fortune the Jackson Estate has earned in gross profits since the King of Pop's death, which Michael's three children will almost fully inherit when Katherine Jackson dies.

Interesting enough, Michael specifically indicated in his will that Diana Ross be granted sole custody if anything happens to his mother.

For the time being, Katherine's monthly allowance of $86,000 as guardian of Michael's children will go to T.J.


The will has caused extra drama this week, as Janet Jackson reportedly called her niece Paris a 'spoiled little b****' and the two then engaged in a slapping fight.

READ: Inside the Jackson Family Drama: A Who's Who

MORE: Jacksons' Epic Family Feud—Lawyer Claims Sibling Conspiracy Targets Michael's Kids, Mom

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Paris, Prince, and Blanket Jackson  and MJ's Mom
Judge Mitchell Beckloff handed temporary guardianship of Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket Jackson, 10, to their cousin Tito Jackson Jr., 34, at his request.
nazish7 is based in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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