Judge Appoints Temp Guardian for Jackson Children

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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has appointed Tito Jackson's son as a temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's children.

    The judge temporarily suspended Katherine Jackson as the children's guardian because she is in Arizona and hadn't spoken with them in several days.

    TJ Jackson appeared in court Wednesday and sought the temporary appointment, but his attorney said he wasn't trying to replace Katherine Jackson permanently.

    TJ Jackson says he spoke with Katherine Jackson on Tuesday, but she sounded strange. He says she was using words he's never heard her use and her voice at times sounded slurred.

    The appointment comes after days of turmoil among the Jackson family, with a relative reporting Katherine Jackson missing before she was located safely with other family members in Arizona.

    Tom Joyner Morning Show contributor Roland Martin of RolandMartinReports.com spoke with Marlon today about the unfolding events.

    Marlon says when he inquired as to the whereabouts of his mom, his brother, Randy, gave him the wrong location, telling him that their mother was located in Canyon Ranch. He later found out the correct location.

    Marlon said he had a plane on standby to fly his mom back to Los Angeles this morning. But last night, she called and told him that she was returning to L.A. Marlon said he informed all of the kids and told them of her plans to return to L.A.

    "All I was concerned about was my mom. All I wanted to know was how she was doing," Marlon said.

    In response to today's custody change: "It's temporary. I'm for that. We gotta have someone make decisions in her absence."

    As far as his thoughts on the custody change being permanent, Marlon says he'd rather not be involved. "My concern was seeing my mom," he said.

    "All I wanted to see is my mom. I wanted to hear her voice and know that she was OK."
     

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