July 28, 2012- On Friday, a judge ordered the start of an investigation into how well taken care of the children of the last Michael Jackson are. Up until this week, the children’s grandmother, Jackson’s mother Katherine, had sole guardianship of his three children. This week, after a number of incidents and the temporary disappearance of Mrs. Jackson, the children’s lawyer has called for the guardianship to be shared between Mrs. Jackson and a son of her eldest son Tito.
The judge ordered an investigator to conduct interviews with each of the three children individually and to provide a following up report the judge can review. No attorneys will be involved in the interviewing or report writing.
Friday’s order by the judge did not give a reason for the announcement of an investigation, but it will likely give the judge another angle on how the children are coping following a week of turmoil in the family. The three children will be interviewed while they are at school and the times for the interviews will not be released.
A similar report was done just a few days after Jackson’s death three years ago and the contents have been sealed since. The judge said it did not appear that anything wrong was done this week by Mrs. Jackson. The joint guardianship is aimed at relieving some of the daily stress for the 82-year old Mrs. Jackson. Tito Jackson, the eldest Jackson son, said he approved of the idea for joint custody.