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Saturday 28 February 2015

Katherine Jackson loses custody

Katherine Jackson was the court-appointed guardian for her son Michael's three children
Katherine Jackson was the court-appointed guardian for her son Michael's three children

Katherine Jackson has revealed her "devastation" at losing custody of her grandchildren temporarily.

A judge has appointed the son of Tito Jackson to serve as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's children - Prince, Paris and Blanket - in the absence of the family matriarch and in the midst of a feud over the pop superstar's estate.

"I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," she told ABC News.

"I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine. I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here."

Katherine has apparently since returned home to see her grandchildren.

Paris Jackson tweeted early on Thursday morning: "grandma's here!" Katherine Jackson's son Marlon also posted a note on Twitter saying his mother had returned, adding she looked and sounded great.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff temporarily suspended Katherine as the children's guardian because she was in Arizona and had not spoken with them in several days, and appointed Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson to serve as temporary guardian with the ability to control the hilltop home where the children live and take on other supervision duties.

Judge Beckloff said there was no evidence that Katherine had done anything wrong but instead it appeared she was being prevented from fulfilling her role as guardian through the "intentional acts of third parties", and that the children cannot be taken outside California without court approval.

However, her lawyer Perry Sanders Jr said after the hearing that he spoke with his client as she was driving back to Los Angeles from Tucson, Arizona, where she had been since July 15."She sounded absolutely fine, lucid and her normal self," he said.

Mr Sanders plans to ask the court to reinstate Katherine as guardian of the children when she is back in Los Angeles.

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