Katherine Jackson has lost guardianship of the Jackson children to her 34-year-old grandson, Tito “TJ” Jackson.
The 82-year-old has had legal custody of Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket since Michael Jackson ’s death in 2009. But on Wednesday, her grandson TJ — son of Tito — requested and was granted temporary guardianship of the kids.
The presiding judge said he wasn’t stripping Katherine of her duties because of anything she did but because he is worried “intentional act from third parties” have prevented her from carrying out her duty of care to the children. There have been suspicions that Katherine has been involuntarily sent away ever since her nephew filed a missing persons report with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office over the weekend.
Randy Jackson told Good Morning America Wednesday that his mother went to Arizona for some much needed rest and that her health is not good. TJ revealed as much in court, telling the judge that he had a strange phone call with his grandmother on Tuesday evening:
“I’ve never heard my grandmother talk like that. She wasn’t sharp. The pauses, choice of vocabulary … she has not used certain phrases like that before.”
The judge also ruled that Diana Ross — who Michael named as a back-up guardian to his kids in his will — must be informed of the situation as should Michael and Paris’ biological mother, Debbie Rowe.
The children must not be allowed to leave the state of California without court permission. TJ has been advised to seek permanent custody.