Judge Asks Father of Missing Boys Where They Are.

By: AP
By: AP

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- A man charged with parental kidnapping after his three boys went missing on Thanksgiving told a judge Friday that he wasn't able to turn over the children.
John Skelton, appearing during a brief divorce hearing, answered "I can't" when the judge asked whether he was prepared to give the children to their mother.
Skelton has made claims that he gave the boys to someone in a van from an organization that he wouldn't identify. Investigators have said he earlier made false claims about turning his sons over to another woman.
He is being held on a $30 million bond on the kidnapping charges.
His sons Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5, were last seen playing on Thanksgiving in their father's backyard in Morenci, a town about 70 miles southwest of Detroit near Michigan's border with Ohio.
Skelton's estranged wife, Tanya Skelton, reported her sons missing the next day after he didn't return them to her from a court-ordered visitation.
The two are divorcing, and she had custody of the boys but had agreed to let them visit with their father on Thanksgiving.
Authorities and volunteers spent a week searching through fields, vacant homes, and ponds for the boys in both Ohio and Michigan. The police chief leading the effort later said he didn't expect a positive outcome.
Police have said they've followed up on 900 tips, including some suspected sightings, but none of them led authorities to believe the boys are still alive.
Skelton was chained at the waist Friday in Lenawee County court during the hearing related to custody of the children, not his criminal case.
Lenawee County Circuit Judge Margaret Noe set a pretrial hearing in the divorce case for March 18.
Skelton in December waived his right to a hearing to determine if prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with parental kidnapping.

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  • by kate Location: dewitt on Jan 28, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    So....the kids are STILL not found! This is BS!
  • by jim Location: jackson on Jan 28, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    and they dont want us to use waterboarding,this would be a good time for it, we are talking about 3 childern here , there is ways to make him talk ,it is time we start using these methods, that is the problem with this kind of situation where children are involved and the person responsable has more rights then they did ,lets make this an example that we need to start standing up for the childern every where, and make this a zero tolerance when it comes to kids, for god sake , who else and they count on.
  • by Michelle Location: Jackson on Jan 28, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    Can't....or won't? Big difference in wording there. I hope that he really means won't..because if he can't, is it because they are no longer among the living??
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