Michael Jackson's children: No change to guardianship, judge says
A judge has decided that Katherine Jackson and Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson will remain co-guardians of Michael Jackson's three children.
The decision was announced on Tuesday, June 25, which also happened to mark the fourth anniversary of the singer's death. The judge reached his decision after he received an investigator's report on the children's well-being, according to The Associated Press. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the report after Jackson's daughter, 15-year-old Paris Jackson, was hospitalized on June 5 following an apparent suicide attempt.
In an audio recording of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's radio dispatch, obtained by ABC News, a person states that an unspecified 15-year-old female "ODd on 20 Motrin [Ibuprofen] and cut her arm with a kitchen knife" at the Jackson home in Calabasas, California.
Paris, her older brother Prince and her younger brother, who is known as Blanket Jackson, currently live with Michael's mother Katherine. She began sharing guardianship of Jackson's children with her grandson TJ Jackson last year.
"I'm taking no further action," Judge Beckloff told attorneys for Jackson's estate, according to The AP.
Perry Sanders Jr., an attorney for Katherine Jackson, has said Paris Jackson is physically fine and receiving proper medical attention.
"In light of all current circumstances and the special investigator's report, we agreed with the judge that appropriate decisions are being made regarding care of all three children, and no further action is required," Sanders wrote in a statement to the AP Tuesday.
The Jackson family is currently involved in a civil wrongful death trial after suing AEG Live, a concert promoter that had organized a London tour the singer was preparing for before he died. His relatives say the organization had hired Murray, while the group's lawyers say Jackson chose the doctor himself.
Sanders also told the wire service that Prince will testify in the family's case and will take the witness stand on Wednesday, June 26.
Michael Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of medications, including the powerful anesthetic propofol, which were prescribed and administered by Murray, his personal doctor. Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
(Pictured: In this Nov. 30, 2011 photo released by FOX, Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, right, sits with her grandchildren, from left, Prince, Paris and Blanket on "The X Factor," in Los Angeles, where contestants sang songs in a tribute to their father.)