Custody deal reached for Jackson's children: reports

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 30, 2009 at 11:10 AM EDT

A custody deal has been struck for Michael Jackson's children that would see their grandmother retain permanent custody and the biological mother of the two eldest keep parental rights, US media reported Thursday.

Under the agreement, the pop star's mother, Katherine Jackson, "would get permanent custody of Michael's kids -- Prince (Michael, 12), Paris (11) and Blanket" (Prince Michael II, 7), ABC News reported.

Blanket's mother has never been identified.

Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, who reportedly said she might fight for custody of her two biological children, "will retain her parental rights but she agrees not to make a claim for custody," NBC News reported.

Rowe will obtain visitation rights for Prince Michael and Paris but no money beyond the spousal agreement already in place, reportedly worth some 8.5 million dollars, NBC reported.

Quoting unnamed sources, the television network said the two older children now know that Rowe, a former nurse at Jackson's dermatologist's office, is their mother.

"In fact, as a central part of the agreement, they'll begin to have a relationship with her, now that their father is dead," it added, noting that a child psychologist would supervise the process.

Although the deal has not been made public, ABC said all parties implicated in the custody agreement would appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday and that the judge was expected to approve the deal.

On June 29, the court named Katherine Jackson as the temporary guardian of the three children.

Rowe, who was married to Jackson from 1996 to 1999, signed away her parental rights to her two children in 2001, describing Jackson as a "wonderful man... a brilliant father."

However, a Los Angeles judge reversed the order in 2004 after Rowe cited concerns over publicity related to Jackson's prosecution for child molestation. Rowe later settled the case, reportedly securing visitation rights.

NBC also broadcast a rare home video shot in 2002 that showed Jackson playing at his Neverland Ranch with his children during his daughter's fourth birthday.

"I love my daddy so much. You're the best daddy in the whole world," Paris said in the video.

The release of Jackson's autopsy results has been delayed until next week, Los Angeles County Coroner's assistant chief Ed Winter confirmed Wednesday.

On Tuesday, federal agents and police raided the Las Vegas home and office of Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, who has become the central figure in the superstar's sudden death last month.

Search warrants filed in the investigation have indicated police are studying possible manslaughter charges against Murray, who is reported to have administered Jackson, 50, with a potent anesthetic before his death.

Jackson died on June 25 at his rented home in Holmby Hills as he prepared to relaunch his career with a series of comeback concerts in London.




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