Katherine Jackson Reinstated as Co-Guardian of Michael Jackson's Children
The dust appears to have settled in the mysterious case of Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson’s kids. The Jackson family matriarch has officially been reinstated as guardian of Prince, 15; Paris, 14; and Blanket, 10.
Katherine Jackson, 82, had been suspended as the children’s guardian last week after suddenly retreating to Arizona, without warning, where she was out of touch with the children for several days. In the meantime, Tito Jackson’s son T.J. Jackson, 34, had been granted temporary guardianship of his younger cousins.
A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled that T.J. Jackson would continue to care for the children and eventually share full guardianship with Katherine Jackson, the L.A. Times reports. Judge Mitchell Beckloff said that a court investigation found that Katherine Jackson was doing “a wonderful job,” but that he was concerned by accusations regarding her alleged kidnapping.
“It’s clear to me that the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson. It’s clear to me that they love her very much,” Beckloff said, adding that interviews conducted by the investigator with the children and their grandmother indicated that Prince, Paris and Blanket share “a substantial, signification” relationship with T.J. Jackson, as well.
A lawyer for the children, Margaret Lodise, said that Diana Ross, who was named back-up guardian by Michael Jackson’s will, had visited with the trio on Wednesday and agreed with the decision to have T.J. Jackson and Katherine Jackson share custody.
The entire Jackson family has been embattled in public drama over the past few weeks regarding the legitimacy of Michael Jackson’s will, the custody of the children and Katherine Jackson’s health. At one point, deputies were called to investigate a family disturbance at Katherine Jackson’s Calabasas, Calif. home.
On Wednesday, Jermaine Jackson issued a statement to the press, saying, “After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael’s words about love not war. In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive branch.”