The father of the missing Skelton brothers from Morenci says the boys are alive, but refuses to say where they are.
John Skelton's parents say that's what their son told them when they visited him in jail Wednesday.
Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton have been missing since Thanksgiving day.
Skelton's parents say their son told them he moved the boys because he didn't want them to be with their mother, Tanya.
"He took those boys out of harm's way and I respect my son, because he loves his-- he loves his children, and I respect my son for doing just that, taking his boys out of harm's way," says Roxanne Skelton, John Skelton's mother.
The Skeltons say they believe their son and believe their grandsons are alive.
A Sandusky woman claims she spotted the brothers the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She says a woman brought them into her doughnut shop.
Police do not believe the boys are alive.
John Skelton is fighting extradition to Michigan. A hearing will be held next week.