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Wednesday
Dec012010

Father of Missing Michigan Boys Is Fighting Extradition 

(MORENCI, Mich.) -- Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsThe father of the three young brothers who have been missing since Thanksgiving is fighting his extradition to Michigan where he will face charges of parental kidnapping, authorities announced today.

Morenci Police Cheif Larry Weeks said that John Skelton will have a hearing on Dec. 14 and is being held on a $3 million bond. He is fighting his extradition from Ohio to Michigan, where the alleged crimes are believed to have been committed.

Skelton was placed in police custody Tuesday after being released from the hospital where he was undergoing treatment following his failed suicide attempt.

"Information we have doesn't indicate [the case] will have a positive outcome," Weeks said again today. "But we continue to be be out and active in multiple areas."

The three young boys -- Andrew Skelton, 9; Alexander Skelton, 7; and Tanner Skelton, 5 -- have been missing since Thanksgiving.

Earlier this week, new details emerged about the relationship between the boy's father and his wife, Tanya Skelton. It was revealed that a nasty custody battle may have led to the disappearance of the three brothers. The couple married eight years ago, but decided to separate earlier this year. Both sought permanent custody of their three sons.

John Skelton argues that 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, according to court documents. Tanya Skelton argues her husband's long absences as a truck driver make him an unfit parent.

Morenci police asked that anyone with any information about the boys' whereabouts or who might have seen John Skelton with them any time after Thursday, contact them at (517) 263-0524.

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