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Tuesday
Nov302010

Missing Michigan Boys' Dad Arrested, Cops Don't Expect Good Outcome

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/Handout(MORENCI, Mich.) -- The father of the three Michigan brothers who have been missing since Thanksgiving has been arrested on three counts of parental kidnapping, authorities announced Tuesday.

"John Skelton has been released from the hospital and immediately placed in custody," said Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks. Skelton was hospitalized following a failed suicide attempt.

Weeks said that a positive outcome was "not likely" for the three boys.

New details emerged Tuesday about the relationship between the boys’ father, John Skelton, and his wife, Tanya Skelton. They married eight years ago but separated earlier this year. Both sought permanent custody of their three sons -- Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5 -- hurling insults at each other another about how capable each was to parent the trio.

John Skelton argues his wife is an "unfit parent," citing her status as a registered sex offender, since she was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old boy more than a decade ago. Tanya Skelton argues her husband's long absences as a truck driver make him an unfit parent.

The young boys were at first believed to be with a woman named Joann Taylor, whom Skelton said he'd given the kids to in an attempt to shield them from his botched suicide attempt. But police said Monday that Skelton had lied about having a relationship with Taylor, and they question whether she even exists.

Skelton had told police that he'd handed his sons off to Taylor who was to return them to their mother on Thanksgiving evening. Confirming that Taylor even exists has been a challenge for authorities since the boys disappeared.

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A nasty custody battle may have led to the disappearance of three Michigan brothers who haven't been seen since Thanksgiving and who police believe may be in "extreme danger."

New details are emerging about the relationship between the boy's father, John Skelton, and his wife, Tanya Skelton. They married eight years ago but decided to separate earlier this year. Both sought permanent custody of their three sons -- Andrew Skelton, 9, Alexander Skelton, 7, and Tanner Skelton, 5 -- hurling insults at each other another about how capable each was to parent the trio.

John Skelton argues his wife is an "unfit parent," citing her status as a registered sex offender (she was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old boy more than a decade ago). Tanya Skelton argues her husband's long absences as a truck driver make him an unfit parent.

Now police are preparing to spend another day searching for the young boys who were at first believed to be with a woman named Joann Taylor, whom Skelton said he'd given the kids to in an attempt to shield them from his botched suicide attempt. But police said Monday that Skelton had lied about having a relationship with Taylor, and they question whether she even exists. Skelton had told police that he'd handed his sons off to Taylor who was to return them to their mother on Thanksgiving evening. Confirming that Taylor even exists has been a challenge for authorities since the boys disappeared.

Skelton has not been named a suspect in his childrens' disappearance but police have not ruled him out either.


Sunday
Nov282010

New Details in Michigan Missing Children Case

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MORENCI, Mich.) -- Police in southern Michigan say three missing boys may be in extreme danger after their father attempted suicide.  The boys haven't been seen since before they were supposed to be dropped off at their mother's home Friday afternoon.  The father apparently claimed he left them with a woman he met over the internet, named Joann Taylor. He said he didn't want them in the house when he hanged himself.  Authorities have not been able to locate Taylor or the silver van she is supposed to have been driving.

John Skelton, 39, of Morenci, Mich., is being treated for "mental health issues" at an Ohio hospital.  Authorities issued an Amber Alert for his sons, who are 5, 7 and 9 years old.  Their names are Andrew, Alexander and Tanner.  Skelton has not been named as a suspect in the boys' disappearance but police say he has not been ruled out either.  Skelton is separated from the boy's mother.

He told authorities he had an online relationship with Taylor and that she lives in either Hillsdale or Jackson County but authorities haven't been able to confirm a woman by that name even exists.

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Saturday
Nov272010

Michigan Boys Missing, Last Seen With Father's Internet Friend

Image Courtesy - WXYZ-TV Detroit(MORENCI, Mich.) -- Three Michigan boys are missing and believed to be in danger.  An Amber Alert has been issued in Lenawee County for the children, last seen with a woman the boys' father met over the internet.

Their father is in the hospital and the woman, Joann Taylor, was supposed to drop the children off with their mother Friday afternoon.  That didn't happen.

Andrew Ryan Skelton is nine years old.  His brother, Alexander William Skelton is seven and the third missing brother, Tanner Lucas Skelton, is five.

Taylor, who drives a silver van, lives in either Jackson or Hillsdale County but authorities are not sure which.  Police have not specified exactly why the children -- under the woman's care -- are believed to be in danger.

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