Katherine Jackson devastated after guardianship stripped
UPI News Service, 07/26/2012
Katherine Jackson says she was devastated after a Los Angeles judge temporarily stripped her of her guardianship of her late son Michael's three children.
Katherine Jackson has been raising Michael's two sons, Prince Michael, 15, and Blanket, 10, and 14-year-old daughter Paris in California since the pop icon died in 2009.
A judge Wednesday gave temporary guardianship of the children to T.J. Jackson, the adult son of their uncle Tito, after Katherine, 82, went on vacation to an Arizona resort for more than a week without her young grandchildren and didn't stay in touch.
Relatives are offering conflicting accounts regarding her health and whether she was accessible to Michael's children. Also unclear was whether Katherine was pushed into going to Arizona by some members of her family who allegedly want her to get rid of the executors of Michael's estate.
"I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," the Jackson family matriarch told ABC News.
"There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped," she said. "I am here today to let everybody know that I am good and fine. ... My children would never do anything to me like that."
She described her trip to Arizona's Miraval Resort & Spa as a "short vacation and rest."
She said she didn't call her grandchildren because "I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here."
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