Judge names Katherine Jackson permanent guardian of her son’s 3 children

Judge names Katherine Jackson permanent guardian

LOS ANGELES — A judge says Michael Jackson’s mother should raise the King of Pop’s children.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff appointed Katherine Jackson as the permanent guardian of the singer’s three children during a court hearing in Los Angeles on Monday.

Mrs. Jackson was named by Jackson as his first choice to raise his children in a 2002 will filed with the court. The 79-year-old is the only person to formally petition for custody of the children since Jackson’s death on June 25 at age 50.

Mrs. Jackson and her son’s ex-wife Deborah Rowe reached a custody agreement last week.

The three children, who range in age from 7 to 12, have been living with Mrs. Jackson at the family’s home in the San Fernando Valley since their father’s death. The two eldest children signed declarations apparently indicating they wanted to remain with Mrs. Jackson.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katherine Jackson is attending a court hearing where several key issues involving her son’s children and estate will be decided.

Mrs. Jackson arrived for the hearing in Los Angeles Monday with daughter LaToya and several attorneys who represent her. The 79-year-old could be named permanent guardian of her three grandchildren, who range in age from 7 to 12, after reaching a deal last week with Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Deborah Rowe.

A judge still has to decide several crucial issues regarding the King of Pop’s estate, including whether Mrs. Jackson and his children should receive a monthly allowance.

Court records state Jackson was a key source of money for his mother, who has been caring for his three children since the singer’s death on June 25.

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