Jackson Family Matriarch Says She Was Kept From Communicating
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of Michael Jackson says in court papers she was kept from communicating with outsiders while at a resort in Tucson and was unaware she had been reported missing.
Katherine Jackson declared in court papers obtained Thursday that she had no idea she was the subject of a search until she accidentally heard a TV report.
She said she was told her doctor had ordered her to rest and she was flown to Arizona. At a spa, her cell phone was confiscated along with her IPad and she said she was kept in a room with no working phone or TV service. She said she asked about Michael's children and was told they were fine.
A judge has returned the guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children to their grandmother in an arrangement that also gives their cousin a role as temporary co-guardian.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said during a hearing Thursday that an investigator who looked into the children's care found that Katherine Jackson has been doing a terrific job as guardian and the children love her.
He says they also have a close relationship with their cousin TJ Jackson.
Beckloff says he will finalize the arrangement later in the month but for now he will issue letters of co-guardianship allowing both to make decisions over the children's welfare.
He says Katherine Jackson and TJ have been working closely together since Michael Jackson died and TJ is incredibly respectful of the family matriarch and she is respectful of him.